BURBANK (AP) — A state panel has slashed the amount of money California taxpayers will spend to keep legislators on the road.

California has long provided state-paid cars, insurance, repairs and gas for legislators who want them, a cost that according to one estimate averages about $7,500 a year for members of the Senate and Assembly.

But the Citizens Compensation Commission voted Thursday to replace the generous program with a flat, $300 a month payment to legislators, or $3,600 a year.

As of December, they would return their state-provided cars and begin using their personal vehicles to get around their districts.

By one estimate, the change will save the cash-strapped state roughly $2 million over five years.

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Comments (8)
  1. F. Wilson says:

    It’s about time that we the taxpayers get a break. The Legislators get too much pay for sooooooooooooooo little work or no work at all.

  2. Thomas Bleming says:

    Another free ride at the taxpayers expense.

  3. Sam says:

    How about a simple mileage reimbursement, like the rest of working CA gets. These legislators get way too much for way too little.

  4. Gary B. says:

    Now lets work on some of the extra “perks” and maybe we can then start balancing the budget!!!

  5. TT says:

    Why are WE paying for this at all… They cant afford to buy their own cars? Our taxes are meant for taking care of our city, not the officials.
    Now get rid of the unescessary cell phones and we will save a ton.

    1. TT says:

      and not in December – we need to save this money now …

  6. Saber 1 says:

    Welcome to the real world people, pay your bills like the rest of us.

  7. Latino4life says:

    Cut there health benefits too……….

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