In his Cheers & Jeers column today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives Jeers to ... Reps. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, Mike Kingsley, R-Lewiston, Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, and Ron Nate, R-Rexburg:
Where are these self-appointed guardians of Idaho's probity?
Earlier this year, the Idaho Falls Post Register's Bryan Clark unearthed a startling fact: Rep. Janet Trujillo, R-Idaho Falls, has taken the equivalent of a full-year's tuition at Lewis-Clark State College under questionable circumstances.
Idaho extends $129 to legislators each day they are in session to cover their living expenses in
Boise. Lawmakers who reside in Boise, and therefore don't need as much, accept $49 a day.
Trujillo is the spouse of House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star.
The evidence points to Trujillo living at the couple's marital domicile but taking the full $129 daily payment as if she established a separate Boise residence. That adds up to $6,400.
Neither Trujillo nor Moyle has explained - although the majority leader was more than forthcoming when former Sens. John McGee, R-Caldwell, and Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, took full per-diem checks while living rent-free in Boise: "I don't think it smells good." More here.