Why pay for a job undone?

State lawmakers claimed more than $77,000 in per diem compensation during this year’s first extra legislative session, even though they didn’t pass a single bill.

The overtime session tied the record for being the most unproductive in history, and with the per diem bills still coming in, it might also turn out to be the most expensive.

That’s shameful. Not every legislator claimed per diem pay, but too many got paid who didn’t do any work.

We like the suggestion of Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, who proposed halting per diem pay if the Legislature doesn’t complete its work by June 1.