For 2016, Arkansas Legislator Expenses At $2.3M
For 2016, Arkansas legislator expenses at $2.3M
The total of Arkansas lawmakers’ per diem, mileage and other expense payments from the state dropped from $4.02 million in 2014 to $2.29 million in 2016 — the most recent years in which the Legislature met for its biennial fiscal session.
And a pay raise granted in 2015 increased lawmakers’ total salaries from $2.13 million in 2014 to $5.28 million, according to state Auditor Andrea Lea’s office.
Combined salary and expense payments to lawmakers totaled $7.57 million in calendar year 2016 — up from $6.15 million in 2014 — according to figures compiled by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette using records from the Arkansas Legislative Audit, the Bureau of Legislative Research, the state House …