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State lawmaker not accepting per diem while working from home

KOB Web Staff
Created: September 02, 2020 06:05 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Republican state Sen. Sander Rue is not taking the approximately $200 per diem that lawmakers typically get for working. 

Rue said the per diem is meant to be used for covering expenses such as hotel rooms and meals. However, he said it's not necessary since he's working from home.


"I have a problem with accepting that per diem even though we would be allowed to do that," Rue said. "I just don't feel it's appropriate at this time." 

Lawmakers in New Mexico to do not earn a salary. 

Rue said he isn't asking people to follow his lead because he understands some lawmakers may need the money due to the economic downtown. 

However, Rue believes the per diem pay structure should be changed. He is in favor of paying lawmakers, who live farther away from Santa Fe, more money to cover their expenses. He says lawmakers who live in and around Santa Fe should receive a smaller payment to cover daily expenses.

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