ATLANTA — Georgia lawmakers have billed the state more than $1.3 million this year for travel and expenses while the legislature was not in session.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in Sunday’s editions that even as lawmakers have cut the state budget and eliminated thousands of government jobs they have continued a long-standing practice that pays some more than $15,000 a year in expense money, on top of their $17,000 annual salary.
In the House, the biggest recipients of the payouts were Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta; Rep. Steven Davis, R-McDonough, and House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge.
In the Senate they were: Mitch Seabaugh, R-Sharpsburg, whom Gov. Nathan Deal named as deputy state treasurer in October; Rules Chairman Don Balfour, R-Snellville; and Transportation Chairman Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga.