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January 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Are lawmakers in Olympia taking taxpayers to the cleaners? Actually, yes

The Associated Press

A few days after Washington lawmakers approved a budget deal to lower state spending last year, small-government Rep. Gary Alexander got $40.60 worth of dry cleaning done. Then he made sure taxpayers paid the bill.

Alexander, the Republican budget writer in the state House, billed more than $500 worth of dry-cleaning fees to the state over the past two years, according to an Associated Press analysis of thousands of expense reimbursements. He wasn’t alone: At least 7 Democrats and 12 Republicans in the Legislature requested and received compensation totaling $5,500 for dry cleaning since the start of 2011.

Here’s the full story by Mike Baker of The Associated Press.

 

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