Washington lawmakers ask taxpayers to foot dry cleaning bills
OLYMPIA, Wash. - (AP) A few days after Washington lawmakers approved a budget deal to lower state spending last year, small-government Rep. Gary Alexander got $40.60 worth of dry cleaning done.
Then he made sure taxpayers paid the bill.
An analysis by the Associated Press found the Republican budget writer in the state House billed more than $500 worth of dry-cleaning to the state over the last two years, but the report also found he wasn't alone. Seven Democrats and 12 Republicans in the Legislature asked got compensation for more than $5,600 for their dry-cleaning the start of 2011.
The report says Lawmakers are able to get taxpayer-covered compensation for what the Legislature deems legitimate business expenses tied to the job. That includes things like travel costs and parking fees, but some lawmakers submit expenses for things like iPhones, picture frames and artwork.