The Idaho Capital Sun reported Tuesday that expenses for Idaho’s Legislature since April 6 are reaching $450,000.
In less than a month, from April 6 to May 2, the session has cost Idaho taxpayers $443,183.14.
Here’s the breakdown, according to the Idaho Capital Sun:
(Keep in mind there are 35 Idaho senators and 70 members of the Idaho House.)
$213,139 per diem for House members.
$14,776 travel for House members.
$55,333 payroll for House session staff.
$80,759 for senators who live more than 50 miles from the Capitol during that time.
$26,838 for senators who live less than 50 miles from the Capitol during that time.
$45,153.30 expenses for Senate attaches.
$7,184.84 for travel expenses for those senators who turned in travel expenses for that time period, to date.
Legislators also earn an annual salary, which is not affected by the length of the session. Only one of the 105 legislators returned per diem during the April 6 to May 2 period. State records show Rep. Bruce Skaug, a Republican from Nampa, returned $1,065.