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Ellen Corbett Charged State for Fixes to Prius She Bought for Personal Use

At least a dozen lawmakers billed taxpayers for repairs and upgrades to state-owned vehicles before buying the cars when the state stopped providing legislators with free wheels.

Until the perk ended one year ago, California was the last state in the union to provide its lawmakers with unlimited use of taxpayer-funded automobiles. But just before the legislators were required to hand over the keys to their cars on Dec. 1, 2011, at least a dozen charged the state for repairs and then bought the cars for personal use.

According to the AP, which reported the story using public records from the Legislature and the DMV, Sen. Ellen Corbett was one of the lawmakers who billed taxpayers for fixes on a car she would soon own.

“[Corbett] had a "55 point vehicle inspection" on her 2007 Toyota Prius Hybrid just three days before she was to surrender the vehicle she later bought. The $827 billed to taxpayers that day also included a new water pump, drive belt and update to the vehicle's GPS system.”

The AP report does not include how the prices for the cars were fixed, or if the lawmakers ultimately paid for the cost of the repairs when they bought the cars.

The $78,000 the state spent on car repairs in the final months of the program is a microscopic fraction of the state’s budget. It barely registers next to the $5 million the State Legislature spent on cars when the perk was at its peak. Still, a number of the usual anti-tax advocates and government watchdog groups told the AP that the repairs were yet one more example of politicians squandering other people’s money. What do you think?

Alex Gronke December 07, 2012 at 06:08 PM
No response yet Anthony. we'll post it if we get one.
Fred Eiger December 08, 2012 at 08:47 PM
What did any of you expect from this depraved, degenerate parasite Ellen Corbett??? Honesty? It's not in her breeding, background nor educational experience.
Jessica Gardner December 09, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Ellen first this what next? The woman has no morals
anthony December 09, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Was the sale price adjusted after these charges? Which water pump...were the charges related to the recall and the service bill adjusted? Repairs or upgrades weren't requested, were inspections? ( toyota certified used vehicles carry a 160 point inspection before sale, do state auctions?) What was the breakdown on the $827 ? What were the total charges over Senator Corbett's tenure...total charges overwall to the system, mileage charges/averages per senator/rep. ? What was the sale price/purchase price differential? How about some credit for driving a Prius and not a Tahoe or Towncar. (lowest initial purchase price of all vehicles) http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/02/see-the-sale-prices-for-california-legislators-state-purchased-cars.html
Ernesto December 11, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Fred, why is she a depraved, degenerate person? Lots of personal attacks there. If it was legal and within the lease agreement, where did she go wrong?

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