A legislator cutting his own taxpayer expenses
State Rep. Mike Scionti, D-Tampa, is putting his taxpayer money where his mouth is. The second-term legislator says cost-cutting in his own office has saved $17,000. Among his budget reducing measures: He opted not to attend any of the annual national legislative conferences for a savings of $2,500; he declined the use of a Blackberry offered to each Florida House member; he cut newsletter and other expenses.
"Setting the goal was the easy part. Actually achieving the savings meant finding different ways to cut costs both big and small without diminishing services," Scionti said in a statement. "I believe that we can solve our state’s budget crisis using the same approach that allowed me to save taxpayer money in my district office -– by taking a serious look at all options."