I am in favor of it (although the Legislature won't give it to them, they should): DOT Board Members Want Increase in Per Diem
The state Department of Transportation board is considering asking lawmakers for a per diem increase of almost 65 percent at the same time the agency freezes funding for local construction projects.
[B]oard members defended the idea of increasing their per-day allowance for conducting official business to $173 from $105.
Board members say the proposals are justified because of the time they spend on the job and the costs of coming to Atlanta, where most of their meetings are held, on a regular basis.
"We get $105. When I check out (of a hotel), I pay $130 for my room," said board chairman Bill Kuhlke of Augusta.
Board members have attended a large number of meetings this year dealing with the relationship between former board chairman Mike Evans and DOT Commissioner Gena Evans, then named Gena Abraham, and a massive funding shortfall caused by the agency's overstatement of federal funds and use of accounting standards state auditors and attorneys considered unconstitutional.
For a typical reaction to this request that came with bad timing (in fact, is it possible to imagine any worst time to make such a request), see the Athens Banner-Herald.