Friday, April 1, 2011

Big Surprise: Lawmakers Would Like to Pay Fiesta Bowl Back

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 9:46 AM

I'm not entirely sure why Michele Reagan feels like it's the Fiesta Bowl's responsibility to make sure she obeys the law, but it really does seem like this is going to get much uglier for some legislators (I'm looking at you, Russell Pearce) in the next few weeks. Maybe we should actually pay our legislators a reasonable salary, so they're not inclined to be swayed by a nice trip somewhere, but when they pull shady stuff like this, it's hard to justify handing out raises.

From the Arizona Republic:

On Thursday, the Fiesta Bowl confirmed that three lawmakers - Sen. Paula Aboud, D-Tucson, Sen. Robert Meza, D-Phoenix, and Sen. Michele Reagan, R-Scottsdale - wrote checks to retroactively pay for free tickets they received while on the out-of-state trips, which were billed as "educational" events designed to show support for the Fiesta Bowl, given the competitive nature of college football.

Aboud wrote a check for $55 to cover the cost of one ticket she received during a 2009 trip to Dallas. Meza wrote a check for $320 to cover free tickets he received to two separate football games. Reagan wrote a check for $160 to cover tickets to a Boston College game.

None of the lawmakers repaid other expenses covered by the bowl.

"Airfare and hotel and all of that stuff is fine," Reagan said when asked about the level of reimbursement. "But it's questionable whether tickets were, so I thought I would just be safe."

Reagan added that she was "disappointed" that the Fiesta Bowl never indicated whether accepting such tickets was legal.

"If there was a question about that, I think the Fiesta Bowl should have told us that," Reagan said. "I am so honest, I would have done it (paid for it) then."

Tags: , , , , ,


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Dan Gibson

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
Meditation and Buddhist study

Meditation and Buddhist study @ Sky Island Zen

Tuesdays, Saturdays

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La!

This top-rated illusion show is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending an international travel theme with all the charms… More

@ Scottish Rite Grand Parlour Saturdays. Continues through April 14 160 South Scott Ave

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. SXSW 2018: Josh T. Pearson Works with the Chaos of SXSW (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Chloe Needs a Home (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. See Through Another's Eyes as You Walk a 'Mile in a Refugee's Shoes' (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Tucson's Salvation Army Starts Food Drive to Feed Kids for Summer Program (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Arizona Basketball: Dusan Ristic, Rawle Alkins ready for one last Dance (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2018 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation