BOSTON (CBS) – A State Representative from Sutton says it’s not fair lawmakers are paid for driving to their jobs, but their constituents are not.

Legislators can be paid allowances for mileage, meals and lodging for commuting to Boston.

Freshman State Rep. Ryan Fattman wants to change that.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

He says the topic came up a lot when he ran for office last year.

“Going door to door we met a lot of people who were unemployed and not able to go to work,” says Fattman. “I thought it funny that legislators were paid to go to work.”

Fattman’s bill would grandfather the per diems for current lawmakers, but eliminate them for new legislators starting in 2013.

Comments (6)
  1. “Legislators can be paid allowances for mileage, meals and lodging for commuting to Boston.”

    There’s nothing requiring them to receive per diem now, is there? If a legislator doesn’t want to file for reimbursement, they don’t have to. Just publish the names of all the legislators who take the money & let the voters evaluate them accordingly.

  2. Mary Crotty says:

    Good idea but eliminate them for everyone. Forget the grandfathering.

    Otherwise this is an ADDED perk for current legislators since not having the mileage per diem will work to discourage others from runnning against these people we currently have in office.

  3. fred says:

    The etseemed and corrupt Billy Bulger once said “Show me a reformer and I’ll show you someone who won’t be around for very long”. Bye bye freshman. I would rather cut their pay to about 10% of what it is now and remove all benefits then goverment would run more efficiently with actual citizen legislators (not the professional ones that we now have). In New Hampshire your representative might be your barber, doctor, waiter or your plumber, Real people who have skin in the game – not these bum kissers that we have in Massachusetts.

  4. Denise says:

    I might be willing to accept them getting paid to go to work – if they paid for an office in their area and had to commute – or more importantly if they actually WORKED when they got there!!! but they don’t… And they’re the ones that keep making laws for the rest of us – wouldn’t it be nice if their laws and rules applied to all of us!

  5. Jim says:

    How about if all four of you commentators run for office? Then you’ll see what a difficult balancing act it is. Most legislators put in much more than a 40-hour work week, but people like you don’t see it.

    1. I’m not sure that hours worked per week has anything to do with the per diem issue…

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