Travel Expenses For State Employees Is Under A Microscope

State officials have changed a travel policy and plan to ask for an ethics opinion on travel by employees who run the state's 70 billion dollar pension fund.

The Charlotte Observer reports that it analyzed travel by pension fund employees and found their trips have doubled.

A pension fund officials say the policy already has been changed and requires employees to pay for their own recreational activities. The fund office also will ask the state Ethics Commission for a policy.

Critics say perks from private firms that invest state money could be viewed as seeking favors from state employees. Perks have included golf games, sailing trips or spa treatments.