“The Summary of Annual Reports and Commissions for the calendar year 2013″ Note the entry at the bottom and the cost…
I was elected to the Maine House of Representatives for the first time back in 2012. I quickly discovered rampant waste and needless spending, and in many cases – no accountability. This must be brought under control! Make no mistake… Maine taxpayers foot the bill to keep Augusta running. Shouldn’t we have a little more concern over how, where, and for what purpose our tax dollars are being spent? And more importantly, should we know exactly how much is being spent on committees that accomplish things of little significance , (or in some cases, no significance at all)?
I have posted a section from “The Summary of Annual Reports and Commissions for the calendar year 2013” These are public documents which are available for anyone who wishes to examine them on demand. It tells how and where money is spent (and many times wasted).
Specifically, I want to bring your attention to an entry at the bottom of the page titled:
“PANEL OF MEDIATORS”
Here is how it is broken down:
Total Clerk Hours: 6
Number of Meetings: 1
Average attendance: 1
Here is how much it cost you, the taxpayer:
Expense Amount: Members per Diem: $20,500 Member Expenses: $11,220
Now I am sure there is a reason and a purpose for this committee and it probably serves some function. However, should it cost almost $32,000? and for almost $32,000 should there not have been “minutes kept” at this meeting? (There were NO minutes kept, and length of the meetings are not known, nor is it known who attended).
Where, exactly, did the money go, and to whom? And why did it cost nearly $32,000?
There must be accountability and common sense brought to Augusta. This is just one of the reasons why I am running again for the people of District 151 – THIS IS YOUR MONEY!
I will be posting more examples like this. stay tuned…