SPENDING: Why are we paying for non-necessities? Letter by Donald E. Bishop, Tacoma on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:40 pm with No Comments » January 31, 2013 12:40 pm Why are taxpayers paying $600,000 for high-tech screens so legislators can push buttons on a screen? (TNT, 1-31). Why are we paying for their phones? Are either of these necessities? Where is our auditor watchdog?