MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin taxpayers spent nearly $41,000 to send state senators on out-of-state trips since 2015, including to President Donald Trump’s first state-of-the-union address.
The Associated Press obtained documents on Monday through an open-records request that show taxpayers paid $40,837 dollars for senators’ travel, including $966 to send Republican Sen. Steve Nass to Trump’s state-of-the-union address in March 2017.
The three largest payouts went to Democratic Sen. Fred Risser. He was reimbursed $3,895 for attending a Uniform Law Commission conference in Vermont in July 2016; $3,291 for a ULC meeting in San Diego in July 2017; and $3,145 for an August 2015 National Conference of State Legislatures meeting in Seattle.
But the state Senate isn’t the only place where lawmakers have had a substantial travel tab. In the state Assembly, taxpayers have spent more than $98,000 on their travel since 2015.