It’s Your Money

Transparency and accountability are the pillars of good government. Pennsylvanians should have a right to know how their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent in Harrisburg. I have created this page to provide information regarding my expenses and offer local residents a chance to learn more about the cost of state government.

Salary

As of December 1, 2012, my salary is $83,801.88.

Expense Reimbursement

Rather than accept a per diem while in Harrisburg for Senate session, I submit requests for reimbursement for lodging only and pay for my own meals.

District Office

I have two district offices. The monthly rent for my Doylestown district office at 22 S. Main Street is $3,680.18, and the rent for my Morrisville district office at 56 E. Bridge Street is $850.

Senate Budget

Fiscal Year

Senate Approp.

General Fund Budget

Senate as a % of General Fund

2005-06

$108,334,000

$24,664,610,000

0.44%

2006-07

$103,167,000

$26,298,095,000

0.39%

2007-08

$103,167,000

$26,968,310,000

0.38%

2008-09

$101,827,000

$28,323,830,000

0.36%

2009-10

$92,075,000

$27,640,543,000

0.33%

2010-11

$93,682,000

$28,139,791,000

0.33%

2011-12

$93,298,000

$27,030,539,000

0.35%

2012-13

$93,598,000

$27,730,574,000

0.34%

2013-14

$95,003,000

$28,375,869,000

0.33%

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Since being elected to the General Assembly, one of my priorities has been to make information about state government more easily accessible to the public. I have supported a number of measures to help reach these goals.

Open Records Law

As a member of the House of Representatives, I helped author Pennsylvania’s Open Records Law. The most recent update to the law (Act 3 of 2008) makes many government records easily available to interested residents. Information about how to request records from any state executive branch office or local government office is available from the Office of Open Records. Information about requesting records from the Senate, the House, and the state Judiciary is also available.

Online Contract Database

Pennsylvania’s new Open Records Law also created an online contract database. State contracts valued at $5,000 or more are included in this database, which can be searched by agency, contracting party, contract amount, date, and subject matter.

PennWATCH: Online Budget Database

Act 18 of 2011, which I supported, required the creation of a complete online state budget database known as PennWATCH. This database is designed to make details of state spending easily and freely accessible.

Live Senate Video Feeds

Senate sessions can be viewed from any computer with an Internet connection using the Senate Session Live feed at the Senate’s website. A similar feed is available for House sessions.

Online Bill Room: Roll Call Votes and Fiscal Notes

The General Assembly’s website now includes links to fiscal notes for those bills that have been considered by the Senate or House Appropriations Committee. You can also access the roll call votes for every bill considered in a Senate committee, in a House committee, on the Senate floor, or the House floor.

Sunshine Law: Tougher Penalties

Act 56 of 2011 strengthens penalties for violating Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Law, which requires public access to open meetings and the opportunity for public comment.

Senate Rules of Ethical Conduct

On June 15, 2010, the Senate adopted a set of Rules of Ethical Conduct to make the division between legislative and campaign work clear, to provide annual ethics training, and to establish strong penalties for violations. I strongly supported passage of these new rules.

Independent Fiscal Office

Pennsylvania’s new Independent Fiscal Office, created by Act 120 of 2010, is designed to improve the state budget process. The office’s responsibilities include preparing annual revenue estimates, providing an annual assessment of the state’s fiscal condition, developing performance measures for state programs, and analyzing tax and revenue proposals made by the Governor or the Office of the Budget. More information is available at the IFO’s website.