The governor doesn’t care for the city where the capital is located and spends little time there, instead preferring to stay in the state’s largest city. Some state operations are moving to the big city and there is even talk about moving the entire capital there.
Illinois? Not this time. It’s Alaska. Scan the Internet, and you come across stories about Palin and Juneau that bear a strong resemblance to those about Blagojevich and Springfield, right down to the fact that the governors belong to one party while the capital is located in opposition territory.
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ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.
The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. And her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife.
Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official "duty station" is Juneau, according to an analysis of her travel documents by The Washington Post.
The governor's daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel and many of the trips were to and from their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away, the documents show.