• California Taxpayers Are Funding a 24-hour Ride Service For Drunken Senators

    I saw San Andreas last night, a movie about what it would look like if California’s notorious San Andreas fault completely cracked due to a massive magnitude 9 earthquake.

    It turns out, reality is stranger than fiction.

    California senators apparently have a drinking problem. And now those lawmakers too drunk to drive themselves home, can call a 24-hour taxi service funded by taxpayers.

    According to the Sacramento Beethe California Senate has hired two people to assist with “ground transportation for Senate members.” These part-time employees were hired in February and they are raking in $2,532 per month.

    The driving service was prompted after several lawmakers were busted for drunk driving, including four in the last five years. Three California senators have been busted for being drunk on the streets around the Capitol.

    “We’re not going to provide comment, because it’s a security issue,” said spokesman Anthony Reyes.

    A few months ago, the senators were provided with plastic cards with the number for “Sacramento 24 hr transportation.”

    “They get all these perks,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “Perhaps at the end of session, when things run late, there could be some temporary allocation made so legislators can get to the airport. But on an ongoing basis, this makes no sense.”

    These people have no shame.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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