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.
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