Tag: Barbara Sims

Carpe Per Diem

Interested in the actual practice of legislators’ reimbursements and per diem? I recommend this piece on state legislators’ per diem from Walter C. Jones of Morris News Service through our friends over at Online Athens. It covers the multiple philosophies and reimbursement practices of several legislators around the state.

While it’s a common practice for taxpayers to rail against the per diem and expenses reimbursement for state lawmakers, the truth is less troublesome. The common state representative shares a secretary with four other legislators. There are exceptions for committee chairmen and floor leaders, but for most it affects productivity and constituent services. For that reason some per diem is spent for support rather than cover the personal costs of the legislator and up to $7,000 per year can be reimbursed to rank-and-file lawmakers.

Lawmakers like Rep. Craig Gordon, D-Savannah, who spend their entire allotment on aides, say volunteers aren’t reliable and the shared secretary isn’t always available.
“It’s just hard to keep track of all the constituent calls and organize things on a daily basis,” Gordon said, noting that he usually can only hire a college student or retiree for the available sum.

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For the Georgia General Assembly, a new year means a new opportunity to create more state agencies

The time has again arrived when the people cry out for help to the most concerning issue of the day and demand that the firm hand of state government step in and save us all.

State Representatives Harry Geisinger (48th), Jill Chambers (81st), and Barbara Sims (119th) have the salve to apply to our open wound of despair: House Bill 107, which would create a State Board of Locksmiths.

Why?

Are there roving bands of locksmiths praying on people and costing Georgians millions of dollars? Oh, I’m sure someone will point to some incident somewhere and moan on about the need for yet more government so that the risk of anything bad happening anywhere is reduced to zero.

The real solution is simple: caveat emptor. Shocking and cruel, I know. But it’s better than having more and more government in our lives and having to waste money on pointless organizations like this one and, for example, the mission critical State Board of Barbers.