Do state workers fly for free on their personal time on the taxpayer's dime?

BOISE, Idaho - A letter came to the KBOI 2NEWS newsroom. The anonymous author has the tone of a whistle blower saying; "I wish that I could disclose my identity, however, to do so will not serve me well." In it he chronicles what he calls abuse and waste. He says; "as I write this a state superintendent's chief of staff is traveling Europe with her husband using accrued flight credits created by her taxpayer paid business travel."

That doesn't sound legal so the KBOI 2NEWS Truth Squad decided to investigate. We found out if is legal.

According to the State Board of Examiners travel policy on the web, it states; "Travel awards and benefits such as frequent flyer miles awarded as a result of state travel will become the property of the traveler and will not be claimed by the the state."

Folks we caught up with in downtown Boise seem okay with it.

"Frankly travel is as much an inconvenience as it is a privilege and I believe that when you're out and about you're away from your family and I think that those are hard earned frequent flyers,"
Jonathan Weech of Boise said.

"I think that half and half would be fair because it's (traveling) taking them away from where they live and their families so maybe if they were going to take their family on a vacation and they're using the miles for themselves then I think that's fair then half of them back to the state," Shannon Tracy of Boise said.

"It's hard enough to keep state employees as it is already. I think that might be an enticement worth giving them," Jack Harrison of Boise said.

"I think that if society thinks there's something wrong with it they should make a rule preventing it," Jennifer Benz of Star said.


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