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Sun May 21, 2017, 07:30 AM

Here's what you're paying lawmakers in Olympia to work overtime

OLYMPIA Lawmakers are racking up extra pay as they continue negotiating a budget in special session this year, sticking taxpayers with a growing bill that reached more than $87,500 halfway through the current 30-day overtime.

With no compromise in sight, a second OT and climbing costs are all but certain.

Records show lawmakers took roughly $75,500 in stipends between April 24 and May 7. The money typically pays for session expenses such as rent and dry cleaning.

Legislators also pocketed around $11,600 in reimbursement for travel related to legislative work. That might be an incomplete figure, because senators have up to 60 days to submit travel expenses, Senate counsel Jeannie Gorrell said.

Read more: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/heres-what-youve-paid-so-far-for-the-special-session-in-olympia/

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