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Assembly Republicans considering hike in expense reimbursements

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are considering an increase in their expense reimbursements for their food and lodging when they work in Madison.

Majority Leader Scott Suder of Abbotsford says it’s a logical thing to do, because hotel prices have gone up.

The Assembly’s incoming speaker, Racine County Republican Robin Vos, says he’s open to raising the per-diem reimbursements, since they have not gone up in about a decade. But Vos said the Assembly would have to cut other spending elsewhere, so taxpayers are not shelling out extra.

Right now, lawmakers in both houses get $88 a day to cover their meals and hotels when in Madison. Dane County lawmakers get half that much, because they live in or near the Capital City.

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca says he could accept a per-diem hike, but it’s the farthest thing from his mind.

Senate and Assembly leaders can set their own per-diem rates – and GOP Senate leaders say they won’t raise theirs. Senate President Mike Ellis says it’s not the right time for it. And new Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he’s against it, too. 

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