A Republican senator must return at least $2,402 to Idaho after he was inappropriately reimbursed for daily mileage between the Capitol and his Nampa home because he said he was spending nights during the legislative session sleeping on a couch in his Boise office. Sen. Curt McKenzie must repay the money for 2010 and 2011 sessions, though state officials are trying to determine if McKenzie must repay mileage reimbursements for previous years. The Associated Press discovered the errors while reporting on a story about how McKenzie and Republican Sen. John McGee of Caldwell billed taxpayers $122 per day for a second residence during the Legislature. McKenzie told The AP he was sleeping on his law office couch, while McGee acknowledged he was staying at his parents' home in Boise. That amounted to more than $6,400 in extra pay apiece during the 2011 session/Associated Press (tweeted by Ben Botkin, TFTN). More here.
- McKenzie responds to per diem article: 'Lawmakers don't serve to become wealthy'/Kevin Richert, Statesman
Question: Betcha thought we were discussing McGee here, hunh?