What do you think your boss would say if you asked him or her to reimburse you for staying at home? Do you think that you would get away with that? Well, according to an article in the Washington Post, that's exactly what Governor Sarah Palin did to the taxpayers of Alaska. This is a quote from the article:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.
The amount of the reimbursment was $16,951. This was in addition to her annual salary of $125,000.00. She also charged Alaska taxpayers $43,490.00 for trips her family took and many of those trips were between her home in Wasilla and Juneau, a trip of some 600 miles.
Among the trips that her daughter Bristol took and that the state's taxpayers paid for was a trip with her Mom to New York City to attend Newsweek magazine's Women and Leadership Conference. All in all, Bristol's trips have cost the taxpayers $3400.00. The other daughters, Piper, age 7, and Willow, age 14, have cost Alaska $11,000.00 and $6,000.00 respectively.
Ted Palin, aka "First Dude", has also been reimbursed for trips that he took, including $1371.00 for a flight for attending the National Governors Conference with his wife.
Alaska taxpayers can be relieved about one thing, though, she rarely sought reimbursement for meals she ate at home.