|Posted:||January 15, 2013 01:22 PM|
|From:||Representative Dan Truitt|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Per Diem Ban Legislation Package|
|Now is the time to reform state government and it starts with us. Taking a page directly out of the manual on “how to win friends”, I will soon re-introduce legislation completely banning legislative per-diems. Attached are the bills from last Session. I do realize that per-diems are a legitimate method for reimbursing job-related expenses that can reduce costs by minimizing administrative efforts. However, it seems obvious to me by the number of “right-to-know” requests for lists of the amounts of per-diems paid to legislators that the public holds a dim view of per-diems and suspects that legislators are profiting from them. I also can’t remember the last time someone in the private sector told me that their employer was still using per-diems.
A consistent theme I hear during my constituent outreach is that Pennsylvania citizens want to see legislators following the same practices that they follow in the private sector and I think that the additional effort to save and submit receipts for actual expenses would be worthwhile if it helps to restore public trust in state government.
I know from comments I received last year that some of our colleagues who travel long distances are concerned that they would end up losing money on travel expenses under this proposal. However, I want to assure all of you that the goal here is to ensure that every member is reimbursed for every dime of their legitimate expenses incurred in the process of serving their constituents while assuring our constituents that we are not being reimbursed for more than our actual expenses.
If you share my desire to prove to the public that we are serious about transparency and controlling expenses, I hope that you will co-sponsor this legislation. There is one associated bill and one associated resolution.
1. (Previous HB 2637) – Amending the Act of September 30, 1983 known as the Public Official Compensation Law, establishing compensation for certain public officials.
Previous co-sponsors include: TRUITT, ROAE, BLOOM, CUTLER, DELOZIER, GROVE, HELM, KNOWLES, MACKENZIE, MULLERY, SIMMONS, SWANGER, GILLEN, ROCK and EMRICK
2. (Previous HR 853) – A Resolution amending House Rule 14 relating to Members’ and Employees’ Expenses.
Previous co-sponsors include: TRUITT, ROAE, BLOOM, CUTLER, DELOZIER, GROVE, HELM, KNOWLES, MACKENZIE, MULLERY, SIMMONS, SWANGER, GILLEN and EMRICK