Palin makes Alaskans pay for her kids travel

I love my kids. I would love to bring them with me on trips. I hate leaving them alone.  But I don’t expect the money I raise for my work to pay for my kids travel!. I am sure we will see MANY more cases of Palin’s so-called fiscal responsibility and cutting out waste.

Palin expensed her children’s air travel to the state

ANCHORAGE — Since Gov. Sarah Palin took office nearly two years ago, the state of Alaska has routinely bought commercial airline tickets for her daughters when they travel with her, a practice that raises questions about the governor’s claim to being a fiscal conservative.

Travel records from the governor’s office show that the state has spent at least $31,800 on dozens of airline tickets for the family, and more for meals and hotels.

Records show the family has traveled with Palin for events such as the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks last fall and to shoot official first family photos in Juneau, to draw raffle tickets at an event in Anchorage and to tour a teen center spearheaded by the Juneau Christian Center.

There’s no specific state law or rule that says the state pays for family members to travel to events with the governor, but it’s become tradition, acco

rding to Linda Perez, director of administrative services for the governor. The governor’s spokeswoman, Sharon Leighow, said paying the family’s travel expenses is appropriate because people expect Palin to bring her husband and children along.

“There is an expectation of the first family to participate in activities across the state,” she said.

But the issue of who should pay the family’s travel expenses adds to questions about Palin’s spending practices that were raised this week by revelations in the Washington Post that Palin also charged the state for meals while she was staying at her home in Wasilla, away from her official state duty station of Juneau, the capital.