Legislators can claim "per diems" without producing receipts.
A typical legislator can make $80,000 or even more annually.
Pension & Health Coverage $19,732*
Parking in Madison $1,000
Mileage & Per Diem $10,000**
* For 2015-2016, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau valued legislative fringe benefits at 38.73% of the salary.
** Mileage and per diems claimed for reimbursement vary by legislator.
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Taxpayers are on the hook for bloated pensions, salaries and other benefits for State legislators.
Legislators are entitled to full pension benefits for part-time work.
Legislator salary is $50,950 a year and the Governor's budget proposes a 2% raise.