Legislators’ per diems may get a DC boost
INTRO TEXT Per diem payments for mileage, meals, and lodging for Bay State legislators have long been fodder for critics who see no justification for politicians dining out on the taxpayers’ dime. The payments range from $10 for lawmakers living in greater Boston to $90 for a member who lives in the far reaches of Berkshire County or on Martha’s Vineyard. (A Nantucket address would earn $100.)
That legislative perk could be getting even sweeter, however, thanks to a measure making its way through Congress.
According to The Washington Post, the measure was taken up by Rangel at the request of the National Conference of State Legislatures and included in a long list of “extenders” approved in November. Those are measures that must be renewed each year, but the Post reports that this one doesn’t extend anything, because it was not part of existing tax law.