Audit shows Pa. legislative surplus grew by $14M

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 18, 2014 12:53 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Spending by the Pennsylvania Legislature declined last year, but its surplus grew.

The Legislative Audit Advisory Commission today accepted a report from an outside auditor that details spending by the legislative branch in the year that ended in June 2013.

Total spending was about $302 million, down $5 million from the previous year. The Senate spent $89 million and the larger House spent $180 million.

The legislative reserve, which lawmakers justify as insurance against a potential budget standoff with the governor, swelled to $154 million from $140 million the previous year, reversing a downward trend that began in 2006.

The eight-member commission, which includes legislators and non-legislators, endorsed the auditor's recommendation that the Legislature adopt a formal policy on the appropriate amount of the reserve.

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