September 1, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Taxpayers save thousands of dollars when California lawmakers use personal cars for legislative business rather than state-leased vehicles.
The Sacramento Bee reviewed records and found taxpayers saved $240,000 over the past year, when legislators started filing reimbursements for miles driven instead of using state-leased cars.
The Bee's findings contradict a two-year-old joint legislative study that predicted some long Capitol commutes and work in large districts would make a per-mile reimbursement as-or-more costly than leased vehicles.
The Bee found that district size did make a difference in reimbursements, as some lawmakers compiled thousands of dollars in mileage, and others just hundreds.
Some lawmakers did not file for any mileage reimbursements, saying voters made it clear they wanted lawmakers to pay their own way for transportation.
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