Should lawmakers get new state cars amid budget crisis? Tell us what you think
Amid California's budget crisis, should lawmakers be receiving new cars? Patrick McGreevy of The Times' Sacramento Bureau reported that lawmakers have spent at least $259,000 in taxpayer funds on new sport utility vehicles and other vehicles for themselves in the last year. McGreevy notes these lawmakers are now considering major cuts for the state budget:
Newly elected Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) is taking delivery of a 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid, worth $37,269. More than $32,000 went to buy a 2011 Ford Edge for freshman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), a "tea party" activist and the Legislature's most strident conservative. And Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), who was reelected, is now behind the wheel of a 2011 Ford Mustang worth $24,657.
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