On politics in the Golden State
November 22, 2011 | 6:19 pm

The decision to pay state lawmakers mileage for using their cars on business instead of a $300-per-month transportation allowance could end up costing taxpayers more.

The Citizens Compensation Commission voted in April to take state-owned cars away from lawmakers and instead give them a $300 monthly allowance to save money. But the state controller has notified lawmakers this month that the commission was not authorized to provide the allowance, so legislators will have to seek reimbursement for mileage at a rate of 55.5-cents per mile.

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