Idaho Taxpayers Paid $250k for Lawmaker’s Expenses
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho taxpayers footed a bill of nearly $250,000 to cover expenses for lawmakers traveling to and from Boise during the 2015 legislative session. Taxpayers paid an additional $50,000 for lawmakers to travel outside the state over the past fiscal year. The Associated Press obtained the information through a public records request for travel reimbursements for the past year for all 105 state lawmakers in the House and Senate.
Republican Sen. Bob Nonini from Coeur d'Alene received close to $8,800 in travel reimbursements between Dec. 2014 and April 2015. It was the highest in-state travel receipt for both chambers.
Along with receiving travel reimbursements, state lawmakers earn around $16,600 each year and receive a per diem —which varies depending where the lawmaker lives— when the Legislature is in session.