WRAL Investigates

Lawmaker wants commuting workers to use state vehicles

Posted June 2, 2010

— The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a budget amendment that would require state agencies to use vehicles from the State Motor Fleet for employees who rack up high travel expenses.

WRAL Investigates reported last month on two Department of Revenue workers who are paid to commute from their homes in the Charlotte area to the department's office in Raleigh.

John Sadoff, who makes $119,000 annually to head up the tax compliance division, was reimbursed more than $42,000 for mileage, food and lodging costs during the last two years. Alan Woodard, who earns $93,000 as director of examinations, got back nearly $36,000.

Revenue Secretary Ken Lay defended the spending, but lawmakers questioned it, especially in the midst of a tight budget and cutbacks elsewhere.

Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, proposed the motor fleet requirement as a way to cut costs.

"We don't want to see folks racking up tens of thousands of dollars in travel reimbursements when we have state vehicles sitting there underutilized or unutilized," Dollar said Wednesday.

WRAL ran calculations last month that showed using state motor fleet vehicles instead of personal cars would reduce expenses by thousands of dollars, based on mileage.

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  • dumbfounded70 Jun 4, 11:05 a.m.

    Nor does my employer provide me with a car to drive back and forth to work in! In my opinion . . . These men have 3 options . . . 1) move to Raleigh; 2) except lower paying positions in the Charlotte office or 3)find jobs elsewhere in Charlotte!!!!

  • dumbfounded70 Jun 4, 9:58 a.m.

    Most are missing the point!! These men LIVE in Charlotte and WORK in Raleigh!! I don't get reimbursed to drive to work. . . . Do you???????

  • 1427 Jun 3, 3:15 p.m.

    Ken Lay, John Sadoff, Alan Woodard should all be fired for misusing a trust given they by our Govenor. To give an example, John Sadoff approved one of his Directors (Cale Johnson of the Tax Enforcement Division) to have his brother working for him in the same division. This is in direct violation of Office of State Personnel Policy. Why is neptism allowed to continue? If they break this policy how many others are they breaking? Why does OSP let them continue? Mr. Johnson is also involved in other allegiations of wrong doing, which Mr. Sadoff is "covering up". Why are these criminals allowed to remain in office and continue to take tax payer money when they are not looking after the taxpayer's interest?

  • davidbh61255 Jun 3, 3:15 p.m.

    What about this, Bev??

  • NC Forester Jun 3, 2:52 p.m.

    In the private sector commute mileage is not reimbursable. In fact I have to pay to commute in my company vehicle.

  • cotton1 Jun 3, 2:10 p.m.

    Make them pay it back. Fire them and hire locally.

  • purplepat777 Jun 3, 2:02 p.m.

    Can they not find viable employees locally?????

  • freedomrings Jun 3, 1:17 p.m.

    I think I just threw up in my mouth.

  • freedomrings Jun 3, 1:16 p.m.

    If you work in Raleigh but live in Charlotte : MOVE.

  • havealife Jun 3, 12:51 p.m.

    It is obvious an audit needs to be done for NC. Teachers are losing jobs, so who will teach the children? Rewarding people for a job they were HIRED to do is ludicrous. Instead of paying people double for DOING THEIR JOBS, the State should revise the job requirements to remove extra compensation. My job sends out emails for jobs well done. There are too many people that WILL DO THE JOB and probably do it better without all the extra hoopla. And for those of us who associate party affliation with doing a job must have never had one. Most employers don't ask if you are democrat or republican. they want someone that is knowledgeable and willing.

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