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State legislators receive a $104 per diem for expenses (in addition to their salaries). According to the News &Observer, this per diem is supposed to pay for legislators’ board, meals and other costs while they are in Raleigh
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But it turns out that’s not how Republican Representative Harold Brubaker sees it.

Rep. Brubaker – who missed more than 10% of the days when the legislature was in session – took per diems for 25 days when he was not in Raleigh. He says he was “working on legislative business or attending conferences,” so it’s okay. Convenient.

Rep. Steve LaRoque of Kinston was more blunt. LaRoque missed 20 days and part of five other days and still took his per diems. He said: “It cost me money to serve – bottom line.” He added, “I hired somebody to help run my business while I’m in Raleigh, and I pay her more than I get paid to serve.”

Maybe Representative LaRoque would like to run for reelection on that platform next year: that taxpayers should pay him enough so he can pay someone to run his business while he’s in Raleigh.

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Carter Wrenn
# Carter Wrenn
Friday, March 31, 2006 2:57 PM
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Brubaker is a sleak varmint. Never know when he will turn on you and stick the knife in your back. Look at his former long-time buddy Richard Morgan.

Comment by Abe — November 18, 2005 @ 1:39 pm


One thing you forgot to mention - as did the newspaper - is that the $104 per diem is tax free. And that legislators receive that per diem, every day they are in session - even on weekends when they are at home - and every day - it’s tax free.

Comment by Abe — November 18, 2005 @ 1:47 pm


Maybe he should just stay home and run his business, and let someone willing to “serve” do the legislating. The Founding Fathers never intended public service in elected office to be a money-making proposition; rather, it was viewed by them as a civic duty. If you’re not willing to do your civic duty unless you turn a profit, stay home.

Comment by Lorrie — November 23, 2005 @ 3:26 pm

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