This editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:
Legislators should use the amount of cash they need of what they are allotted to cover office expenses and return the unused portion to state coffers.
Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, has introduced SB34, which would require that all office expenses be accounted for and that unspent funds be returned to the state’s treasury.
Representatives receive $16,000 for their office accounts, according to an Associated Press story published this week. Senators get $20,000.