VA House Members Draw $800K in Per Diem While Working from Home

Like most white-collar Virginians, state delegates worked from home this year and skipped their usual travel, hotel stays and meals in Richmond.

Yet through this year’s legislative session, House members collectively racked up over $800,000 in per diem stipends that are typically used to cover those expenses. The payments have outraged critics who say lawmakers shouldn’t get them through a pandemic that has devastated budgets and upended many lives.