Lawmakers should pick up own checks

Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2010

Why are certain legislators trying to raise the meal limit reporting amount? Why are they afraid to have their name attached to a meeting with a lobbyist? It's not as though they can't still get free food and drink; it's just that it will be reported when it exceeds $15.

Why are legislators even receiving gifts from lobbyists in the form of free food and drink in the first place? I remember my days as a state employee, and being indoctrinated to the fact that under no circumstances were we to accept any gifts, food or otherwise. So what makes a public official so special? They wield more power over purse strings, laws and businesses than I ever did.

I agree strongly with Rep. Mike Doogan in that I have little sympathy for those trying to raise the reportable amount. I commend him also for paying his own way, just like the rest of us have always done.

This subject brings new meaning to "checks" in the checks and balances of government. Check please.

Cory Heimbuch

Juneau



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