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Ohio lawmakers seek more money for mileage



Published: Thu, June 23, 2011 @ 11:20 a.m.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper reports that a busy legislative calendar in Columbus means the state is being billed more for lawmaker travel to the Ohio Statehouse.

The Dayton Daily News found state House members and senators asked for nearly $152,200 in mileage reimbursements during the first three months the year. That was 13 percent more than during the same period in 2010.

A complicated two-year state budget and other issues have kept lawmakers occupied. A spokesman for House Speaker William Batchelder tells the Daily News that legislators have been very active this session and intend to continue that practice.

Lawmakers from around the state are paid 45 cents per mile for their travel to Columbus. State law allows reimbursement for only one round-trip per week while the Legislature is in session.


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1PAborn(21 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Since the IRS reimbursement rate is currently at 51 cents per mile, it is my guess that the legislators are claiming the difference on their income taxes as an unreimbursed work expense. It seems unnecessary to pay any additional monies to them for their travel. They are in session in Columbus 3 days per week and are paid very well. Remember, times are tough and we can't afford it - at least that's the song they sing to US.

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2Cowboyfan(105 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Are you kidding! No one pays me mileage to go to work everyday. You want to take everything from my family with SB5, you can shove any increases,

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