Re: "Per diem drives up special session cost" (TNT, 5-31).
It's frustrating as a taxpayer to see how lawmakers are compensated when they haven't done their job in the time prescribed.
Since our lawmakers in Olympia couldn't reach an agreement on budget issues, special sessions are called and reimbursement for this additional time is expected by our elected officials.
Aren't they being rewarded for failure to do their job? Wouldn't it be a more effective system if these funds were deducted from the lawmakers' pay? It might actually encourage cooperation in getting a job done in a timely manner.