JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder wants more money for doing his job.
The Republican officeholder is asking legislators to put money in the budget for a daily expense allowance when he is working in Jefferson City.
Kinder lives in Cape Girardeau and maintains a second home in Jefferson City.
He receives an annual salary of about $86,000. But Kinder says he’s experienced “gradual impoverishment” during his decade in office.
His salary is less than other statewide executive officials, but well more than the $36,000 that legislators receive.
One of the lieutenant governor’s duties is to preside over the Senate.
Kinder wants to receive the same allowance that legislators get, which is $103 a day. He’s seeking a per diem whenever he’s in Jefferson City, not just when the Legislature meets.