HARRISBURG, Pa. — In 2021, Pennsylvania lawmakers in the House and Senate took a combined $1,511,029 in taxpayer money designed to be used for meals and lodging.
They are called per diems, which are tax-free, fixed reimbursements allowed by the IRS, which typically run between $178 to $200.
Lawmakers are allowed to take them to help with food-related payments and if they have to stay over in Harrisburg on session days, or work-related trips in other parts of the state.
However, they do not require receipts, and therefore, are impossible to track what all the money goes towards.
House members took a combined $1,401,155 in per diems in 2021. Senators only banked $109,874. Meanwhile, 100 legislators chose not to take per diems altogether, a positive step according to good-government activists.
Use the look-up tool to see how much your Representative and Senator took in the 2021 calendar year: