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Retiring state Rep. Joe Crabb leads travel spenders in legislature
Monday, Dec 13, 2010, 04:36PM CST
By Steve Miller
open road

A local boy leads the state legislative league in travel expenses, according to a New York Times report over the weekend penned by the Texas Tribune, which has posted the data on its site.

 

State Rep. Joe Crabb of Kingwood, who is stepping down, spent $48,405 last year in taxpayer-funded travel costs, including $12,000 on mileage at the IRS rate of 50 cents a mile. Crabb's local office is about 184 miles from the capital.

 

The story points out that state lawmakers average $11,000 for travel spending, which includes, hotels, flights and mileage.

 

State lawmakers love their travel, as we have pointed out a few times on these pages. Some like to fly high, we found.

 

But Crabb, a Republican, seems mostly content to hit the road, racking up what appears to be around 24,000 miles on the ground, which makes him quite the driver - the average for American drivers is between 10,000 and 12,000 annually.

 

Contact Steve Miller at 832-303-9420 or stevemiller@texaswatchdog.org.

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Comments
L.Lane
Monday, 12/13/2010 - 06:31PM

Aw, tell us it ain't so Joe...by the way where have you been? Time to enjoy the ranch and the multiple pensions now...happy trails.

J. Matthews
Monday, 12/20/2010 - 04:23PM

To bad the local media work run with this, I have voted for Joe many times and I am very disappointed to read this. Please send this on the locals in Houston and in his district.

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