We received a copy of an email she sent out tonight, calling upon her fellow legislators to join her in forgoing their pay for this week's special session, and telling them how they can do this:
Dear Fellow House Members,
During our “special session” this week, we are entitled to subsistence reimbursement ($132/day) and one roundtrip mileage reimbursement from our home to the State House. When I communicated with many of my constituents about the issue at hand last week, I also stated shared with them that I would elect to not receive any extra funds for being in Columbia.
Given the dire straits our budget has and continues to be in, I ask that you consider waiving your reimbursement for subsistence and/or mileage also.
Very simply, we have the ability to waive those reimbursements and to save the SC taxpayers’ hard-earned funds, just by asking.
There is no way to introduce any legislation or resolution to prevent other members from getting their subsistence or mileage reimbursement, it must be a personal choice.
Each member has a constitutional right to this reimbursement, however, each member may individually notify Mr. Charles Reid, Clerk of the House, if they wish to waive subsistence and mileage.
You can email him firstname.lastname@example.org or he will have a document at his desk in the chamber that members may initial to inform him that they wish to waive subsistence or mileage.
Thanks for your consideration,
Representative Shannon S. Erickson
SC House District 124 – Beaufort
The Blogland commends Representative Erickson for taking this step. We're glad she remembers that in this tough time, our government officials should be ready to tighten their belts as much as they ask the taxpayers and state employees to do.
This is yet another example of why her constituents are well-served by her. We hope this kind of common-sense leadership is remembered next year, when they have an opportunity to give her another term in the House.