Congressmen don’t need so many offices

2011-02-26T07:00:00Z Congressmen don’t need so many offices pantagraph.com
February 26, 2011 7:00 am

I was on U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson’s website and noticed he has five offices. That seemed like a lot. I looked at other congressional websites to see how many they had. The least I saw was two and the most I saw was seven. Jerry Costello was the representative with the seven offices.

My question is: Who pays for these offices? You probably have rent, utilities, staff, computers, phones, faxes, copiers, office supplies, furniture, Internet, coffee pot, etc. If it comes out of their salaries, then have all the offices you want. If it is paid for by taxpayers, there needs to be a limit on what you can spend to get your job done.

I can see a Washington office and one in your district but anymore than that is a waste of money. In this high-tech time we live in, how many visitors can they actually get at these offices. I understand you need an office to work at but, with so many, how can you have what you need at every office? It just sounds like a waste of resources.

I can accept this latest state tax increase if the money was spent wisely. I know the cost of things goes up every day but please politicians cut some costs in your own world, too.

I had no idea Rep. Johnson had five offices until I dug a little. The things we don’t know would probably scare us or cause us to riot in the streets.

Julie Baker, Weldon

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