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Legislators claim $775,000 in expenses in 2012

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MADISON (WKOW) – Wisconsin taxpayers paid nearly $775,000 for state lawmakers' daily expenses in 2012.

According to newly-released per diem records, 96 Assembly members claimed about $546,000 last year, while 36 senators claimed more than $228,000.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald led all 132 legislatures with about $14,600 in expense claims.  The second highest was Republican Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder, who received about $13,000.

Lawmakers who live in Dane County can claim $44 a day to cover food and lodging expenses beyond their annual salaries, and those out of the county can claim $88 a day.

According to the State Journal, on average, Democratic legislatures claimed more per diem expenses than their Republican colleagues.

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