Riley Raises Travel Reimbursements

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Bob Riley has rescinded the cuts he made in state employees' per diem travel payments in 2003.

State employees are again getting $75 per day for an overnight trip instead of $50 per day. They are also getting more for food and expenses on trips that last less than a day.

A spokesman for the governor says the change was prompted by Hurricane Katrina and an increase in hotel costs.

Spokesman John Matson says a lot of state employees are on the road helping hurricane victims and the governor wants to make sure they are compensated for their expenses.

Riley cut the per diem travel rates in 2003 when state government was facing a budget deficit.

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