Those are some of the things Republicans are pointing to that could be funded for the money that’s being spent to keep lawmakers in Olympia.
The numbers are an overestimate now that many lawmakers are declining daily stipends (more on that later) but the GOP says the normal $18,000 cost of a day in the special legislative session could pay for:
- eight people to have health insurance for a year on the Basic Health Plan.
- 178 criminals to be locked up for a day.
- 1,100 high-risk probationers to be supervised for a day.
Three days in session could pay for a teacher’s salary, Republicans said. Seven days could pay for and equip one sheriff’s deputy. Or that same week’s costs could fund 18 need grants to University of Washington or Washington State University students.
The official cost of a day in session is now lower, $13,944, according to majority Democrats. The more than $4,000 drop is due to legislators declining to take their $90-a-day per diem payments.
Our reporting partner Brad Shannon has more on the 48 (and counting) legislators who aren’t accepting their expense checks. After the jump, a list of the Pierce County and south King County lawmakers who aren’t taking the money…
- Sen. Randi Becker
- Sen. Mike Carrell
- Sen. Tracey Eide
- Sen. Jim Kastama
- Sen. Derek Kilmer
- Sen. Debbie Regala
- Sen. Pam Roach
- Rep. Bruce Dammeier
- Rep. Jim McCune
- Rep. Dawn Morrell
- Rep. Dan Roach
- Rep. Larry Seaquist
Reps. Jan Angel, Tom Campbell and Skip Priest have each declined a single day of per diem. Nine others from the area will receive full per diem payments unless they decline them.