David LaRoche, candidate for Tennessee State House District 48, announced his personal pledge to fight wasteful spending by refusing to take unnecessary reimbursements for hotel and meal expenses while in the Legislature unlike state Rep. Joe Carr.
“When so many Tennesseans are out-of-work and trying to make ends meet, voters expect legislators to tighten their belts,” LaRoche said. “Like many of my constituents, I’m tired of getting the bill for wasteful per diems and unnecessary travel. I will lead by example, starting today with this pledge.”
LaRoche is challenging Carr, who requested $18,354.60 for hotel, meal, and travel expenses during just his first year in office, though he only lives less than 50 miles from the State Capitol. This amount totaled more than Republican House Majority Leader Jason Mumpower, who commutes from Bristol, 292 miles from Nashville.
LaRoche signed a pledge to only take reimbursements for necessary hotel, meals, and mileage when the legislature or committees are in session. The pledge also promises that LaRoche will not vote for an increase in compensation for the legislature until state unemployment is reduced to 5%.
Independent Murfreesboro voter Chip Hoover said “David is someone who keeps his word. I know he will serve our state before he serves himself. Our tax dollars will be safe with David.”
“With 10 percent unemployment, legislators are lucky to have their part-time job,” LaRoche concluded, “Representative Carr simply overbilled tax payers for poor service. I encourage him to join me in this pledge, and restore trust with the voters who will choose the next State Representative.”