Re. the story “Lawmakers soak $1.3 million in per diems” (Aug. 11): The Pennsylvania legislators' per-diem program pays them for food and housing when away from home, plus they're paid big salaries and get cars and other perks.
As this story pointed out, that's not enough. They kick their taxpayer bosses in the teeth by charging us for food and housing when the Legislature is not in session.
When is all of this going to stop at the state and federal levels?
We need to find ways to make these lawmakers more accountable. They are cutting important programs for education, the elderly and other social services.
With that happening, it makes the dishonesty in the state Capitol even worse. They should all be ashamed.
I'll bet if there were a taxpayer revolt, these guys might wake up a little and get the message.
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