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Worth it or wasted: State meal reimbursements

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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.

<http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0100-0199/0112/Sections/0112.061.html>

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%

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Related links:

Florida statutes on per diem rates:
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0100-0199/0112/Sections/0112.061.html

Transparency Florida:
http://www.transparencyflorida.gov/DisbByVendor.aspx?FY=13&OBJ=261200&BE=0&AC=0&Fund=0&FundType=ALL&LI=0&AmtType=O&ObjSrch=Y&ST=meal

 

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