MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin lawmakers have decided not to give themselves higher reimbursements for the costs of staying in Madison while on government business.
Leaders in the Assembly were considering higher per-diem payments to cover the costs of food and lodging while in the Capital City.
But Tuesday, incoming Speaker Robin Vos said the reimbursements will remain what they’ve been for a number of years. He did not say why an increase was scrapped.
Senate leaders decided to keep their per-diems the same, saying now is not a good time to claim more money from taxpayers.
Lawmakers get $88 a day for hotels and meals when they’re in Madison. Legislators from Dane County – where Madison is located – get half that much. That’s in addition to the legislators’ salaries of almost $50,000 a year.