SACRAMENTO, CA - Eighteen of 31 first-year California state legislators have decided not to order a new state-subsidized fleet vehicle, a symbolic gesture in closing the state's $25.4 billion budget gap, the San Francisco Gate reported.
New legislators are entitled to select a new car bought by the state and leased to them. Gas and maintenance costs are publicly funded. Ninety percent of the mileage that legislators record on a state-subsidized car is supposed to be for job-related travel, according to the newspaper.
The SF Gate also reported that a cumulative total of 29 legislators are driving personal vehicles for work. In 2009, 17 legislators rejected state cars, and in 2006, nine did.
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