Cory Mason, D-Racine, is among them.
What that means is that these five legislators spent the most time in Madison during the year -- 153 days, in fact, since they received $13,464 and the per diem payment is $88 per day. You don't have to do the math; the complete list is here.
Mason is a member of the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, which was very busy in this budget year.
The four others were Thomas Hixson, Whitewater; Ann Hraychuck, Balsam Lake; Marlin Schneider, Wisconsin Rapids; and Leon Young, Milwaukee.
Here are the days worked in Madison and total per diem payments for our area representatives. All collected more -- and perhaps worked harder? -- this year than 2008, except for Bob Turner who was in Madison the same number of days both years. Here's last year's accounting.
Legislators also receive mileage reimbursement for the trip to Madison, and a salary of $49,943.
- Rep. Scott Gunderson, R-83, Waterford: 131 days = $11,528.
- Rep. Bob Turner, D-61, Racine: 110 days = $9,680.
- Rep. Cory Mason, D-62, Racine: 153 days = $13,464.
- Rep. Robin Vos, R-63, Caledonia: 118 days = $10,375.
Mason, by the way, donates all his per diem money to charity.
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker of Weston collected the most last year, $16,368, followed by Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, with $15,488.
UPDATE, 2/1: The full Senate per diem listing has just been released, and Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, is in the middle of the pack. He worked 109 days in Madison, earning $9,592 in per diem payments, well in the middle of the pack with 14 senators taking home more.