GOP lawmakers consider raising the amount of their per diem expenses [View all]
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison - Nearly two years after making public workers pay more for their benefits, Assembly Republicans are considering raising how much the 99 members of their chamber can claim for expenses.
Republicans in the Senate have rejected the idea, but Assembly leaders can still push through the hike in expense reimbursements in their house if they want. The Assembly's top Democrat said he is open to the idea but that it is not a priority.
The proposal to raise daily expenses, known as per diem, comes as Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) prepares to be sworn in next month as Assembly speaker. He said he would consider raising the per diem rate, noting it hadn't been raised in about a decade.
"I'm open to it. As we look at where we are, it's something to consider," Vos said.
The proposal is facing some opposition in the Assembly.
"I think at a time when we're trying to make ends meet with our own state employees . . . it hardly seems the right time to be raising per diem rates," said Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee).