Your Beacon Hill Representatives and Senators are More Expensive than You Think!

In the recently passed House version of the state budget, your elected officials approved $40,278,000 to operate the House side of the Legislature and $19,695,000 for the Senate side.

Since there are 160 House members, that’s $251,738 per member or a quarter million dollars for your local rep.

There are only 40 state senators, so their cost calculates out to $492,375 per senator, or slightly less than half a million dollars for your senator.

But wait!

The budget also puts aside $9,210,000 for joint operations of the two branches. If we apportion this according to the number of members in each branch, then this would add $7,368,000 to the House side for a total of $47,646,000 and $1,842,000 to the Senate side for a total of $21,537,000.

Thus, we now have a cost of $297,787 per representative and $538,425 per senator.

Isn’t it fun to see where your money is going!

 

 

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