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Assembly Republicans drop per-diem rate increase idea

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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. 

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