Lawmakers make public pay for detailing, repairs
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, GA — Taxpayers here sank nearly $6,000 into a state senator’s provided vehicle right before he purchased it for personal use, according to a Daily News editorial.
The Dec. 6 story stated that state-provided vehicle perks ended for CA senators a year ago, and many senators chose to purchase those vehicles for personal use. Bob Dutton, the former Senate minority leader, spent almost $6,000 of public funds on his provided vehicle before buying it.
Dutton spent $5,984 of state money on four new tires, various repairs and a full detail of the 2005 Chevy Tahoe. The state then sold the vehicle to a private dealer for $11,000, and Dutton bought it for $12,681.
The vehicle perk ended after a commission decided it was an unwarranted benefit. But, 36 lawmakers opted to have work done using taxpayer money in the final months before the perk ended. Then, they purchased the vehicles.
Read the entire editorial here.