Report: Pa. lawmakers spent $2 million on meals, lodging in fiscal year
HARRISBURG (AP) – State lawmakers received more than $2 million for their lodging and meals during fiscal 2012-13, with the bulk of the taxpayer-funded reimbursements not requiring any receipts.
The Scranton Times-Tribune reports Sunday that lawmakers spent about $1.8 million for per diems – the daily allowances for lodging and meals that are tax-free and require no receipts – and nearly $200,000 more for lodging and meals which require receipts.
The paper reports senators received reimbursements of about $5,700 on average, while House members averaged about $8,500.
Senate Chief Clerk Russell Faber said some lawmakers are putting brief notations in records explaining what expenses are for on days the Legislature is not in session, to show how they relate to legislative activity.