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Worth it or wasted: State meal reimbursements

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

When a state employee travels for work, he or she is entitled to a meal allowance like most people on out-of-town business.

The rate is set by state statue and the rules are clearly spelled out.


For legitimate business travel within the state that does not include an overnight stay, the rate is $6 for Breakfast, $11 for lunch and $19 for dinner.

In fiscal year 2012-13, the state paid out a total of $5,553,080 for meals. Most employees request reimbursement for less than a few hundred dollars, but some total thousands of dollars. It is all tracked by Transparency Florida, the state's budget tracking website.

Is this a reasonable expense or is the state wasting money when it comes to meal reimbursement?

Here are the results of our text poll:

Worth it: 35%
Wasted: 65%


Related links:

Florida statutes on per diem rates:

Transparency Florida:


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