Colorado Lawmakers Consider Travel Spending Limits

DENVER (AP) — Colorado state-chartered agencies are telling lawmakers they can’t live with proposed new restrictions on travel.

A House committee considered a measure Thursday that would restrict the travel of state-chartered agencies to 200 percent of IRS limits. But universities, hospitals and state agencies told legislators $680 a day isn’t enough to cover expenses in New York City and $554 is too little for Boston.

Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, says the bill is aimed at the workers’ compensation insurer Pinnacol Assurance, which spent thousands of dollars on a golf outing for executives.

Pace offered to limit the new rules to Pinnacol, but the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee delayed action on his bill, saying there were too many complaints and questions about the bill.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. DANIEL CORBITT says:

    THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS ON ROOM AND BOARD WERE A LOT MORE STRINGENT.

    WE WERE GIVEN THE COST OF THE MOTEL PER NIGHT (AT A NEGOTIATED RATE) AND PER DIEM OF $16 PER DAY FOR FOOD. MY WIFE WORKING IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAD BETTER BENEFITS THAN I DID.

    THE FIRST TIME I EVER WENT TO NEW YORK, I HAD TO PAY $150/NIGHT FOR A ROOM THAT WAS SO SMALL, I HAD TO CRAWL OVER THE BED TO GET TO THE BATHROOM.

  2. putup_or_shutup says:

    Poor Dan, I have traveled every week as a consultant for the past 17 yrs, and I have stayed in some of the nicest hotels in the world. I guarantee you I can find a decent hotel in NYC for less than 150/nite. Maybe you need to lower your standards – especially if you work for the gov’t. You are not entitled to fancy when you are paid by me and my tax dollars.

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