As a retired teacher, my thoughts turn to the many teachers who are preparing to end this school year.
They are responsible for report cards to hand out the last scheduled day of school. There are many reports to fill out and paperwork to be filed in permanent records. Teachers do their own typing, proofreading, filing and preparing classrooms for cleaning over the summer. Teachers are responsible for their students up to the last minute of the school year. Teachers do all this while participating in all the end of the year activities (field day, assemblies, awards ceremonies, etc.). Teachers have no aides to hand these assignments. (Those who think teaching is an easy profession have not tried it!)
In all my years of teaching, I knew what the end result was to be, and I was expected to finish my work on time. If I did not complete my responsibilities on time, I was expected to stay late into the evening or return after the last day of school to complete any tasks unfinished. I was not given per diem. It was done on my own time.
Why are the state legislators not held to the same standard? They know what is expected of them during the session and agree to accomplish these tasks. They did not finish their required work, so now they are rewarded with per diem in hopes they get it completed?