|Re: Was Texas House Candidate Pat Fallon a Resident of De...|
Poster: WhosPlayin Posted: 2012/5/17 18:59:43
If you have the source documents, we'll post them.
I will say that about a year or two ago, I went through 12 months of expense reports for Dr. Roy and the board, page-by-page. I don't think I totaled them up...
Anyhow, what was apparent to me was that LISD administration are hard-asses on accounting for every last penny, and hitting the member or employee for anything overage or personal.
Yes, there were an inordinate number of conferences, to my opinion, but that's a judgement call. I expect that whoever wins the State Rep race will spend even more on expenses. We do want our elected officials to have the necessary training to fully understand the issues and understand best practices. I'm willing to invest a certain amount in them for that.
I'm a little more worried about 2 other categories:
- Elected officials that don't bother to attend conferences or seminars for professional education
- Elected officials who get their training "free" from outside groups with varying motives.
I just want to make sure that these folks are traveling with the same thriftiness I have to use when I travel: Coach airfare, compact rental car, and moderate hotels like Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn, Homewood Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Starwood Suites and so forth. Conference organizers tend to like to put their events in the huge full-service $300 per night hotels, and as nice as that is for the attendee, it's worth it to stay elsewhere and pay for parking. Every meal doesn't have to be a steakhouse, either.