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Dykema One of Few Legislators to Not Claim Travel Costs

More than two-thirds of Massachusetts Lawmakers get reimbursement for travel to work.

For Massachusetts lawmakers per diem travel reimbursements can add up to thousands of dollars per year, but some senators and representatives including Rep. Dykema decline to collect.

According to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette legislators can get paid for travel expenses for every day they commute in to Boston.

Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, was reimbursed the largest amount of money at $9,360. 

Dykema is one of the 45 state representatives out of 160 who did not take per diems in 2011.

"Representing the 8th Middlesex is a job I take seriously 7 days a week—traveling to Ways and Means hearings across the state to learn about the state of our Commonwealth’s budget, meeting with constituents throughout the 4 towns I represent and also working in my Boston office.  I have declined travel per diems since I know that many of my neighbors make the same commute without such financial support; it’s a personal choice for me," Dykema said in an email.

SJohnson February 28, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Looks as if the Dykema camp has been hurt by some of the letters I've seen posted in the news lately. This article smacks of damage control! Dykema has no problem taking the rest of our money for all the other tax and spend programs the state has. I'll be looking to see if she takes the hack holiday of Evacuation Day off as a paid day. Hmmmmm...
HollistonGuy February 28, 2013 at 08:06 PM
First Brady, now Dykema. Two of the privileged claiming to be among us common folk. Be careful people. As she is patting herself on the back with one hand, she is reaching into your wallet for more of your hard earned income with the other.
Barry February 28, 2013 at 08:26 PM
That is one moronic charge from SJohnson. Read the T&G story, where is there damage control? She's not boasting about not taking per diems - the reporter has a list and saw Carolyn takes $0. End of story. And does she take Evacuation Day as a paid holiday? I have no idea. But I know she works Memorial Day and Veteran's Day, as well as nights and weekends (so do her GOP colleagues, I'm certain). I'm thrilled our town returned Carolyn to the State House for another term, and hope she stays for several more, unless she steps up to the Senate if Karen Spilka leaves.
Barry February 28, 2013 at 08:30 PM
HollistonGuy, she's not patting herself on the back. As Mitt Romney might say, I'll bet you $10,000 (not that I could afford it) that she didn't reach out to the T&G or the Patch. I'm sure Sean saw the Worcester story, and called or emailed Carolyn for comment. (Sean, please let us know if that's what happened). And if she didn't respond for comment, you would nail her for that, too. Can't have it both ways, HollistonGuy.
Sean O'Donnell February 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Yes, for this story I did see the T&G article and decided to reach out to Rep. Dykema for a comment. Any posts that come directly from her officer have the line 'Submitted by Caroyln Dykema's Office' at the beginning and do not include myself or anyone else as an author.

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