Monday, May 21, 2012

“Costs for lodging and air travel to attend the conference are comparative to those found at mainland venues.”

The quote is the Ninth Circuit's response to a letter the court received from Senators Charles Grassley and Jeff Sessions inquiring why the Ninth Circuit was hosting its annual judicial conference at a resort on Maui instead of, say, a hotel in Billings, Montana.  The Senators' letter notes that the cost of accommodations on Maui will exceed $700,000 assuming that the conference has as many attendees as the court's 2010 conference.  This matters because the travel and accommodations costs for the judges in the Ninth circuit are paid by the government (which gets its money from taxes).

I guess simply answering that Maui is nicer than Billings would have been undiplomatic.

9 comments:

  1. Driving into Billings from the north, on Hwy 3, I believe, was one of the great city views I have ever seen. Truly stunning. That said, Maui is better. But dollar for dollar Billings can compete.

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  2. You've been there so I will defer to you. That said, did you look at the activities list for the Maui conference? I wonder if Billings can compete with those.

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  7. I think its not a big deal for Government to pay 70,000 dollars for annual judicial conference as Government collects lot of tax for those purposes.
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