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Lawmakers disclose their $362 million in spending last year

February 4, 2020 GMT
Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his 2020-21 budget address in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pa. Wolf wants to create a major new program for college scholarships, require public schools to provide full-day kindergarten and pump $1 billion into cleaning up lead and asbestos in aging school buildings in his budget proposal rolled out.  (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP)
Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his 2020-21 budget address in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pa. Wolf wants to create a major new program for college scholarships, require public schools to provide full-day kindergarten and pump $1 billion into cleaning up lead and asbestos in aging school buildings in his budget proposal rolled out.  (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP)
Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his 2020-21 budget address in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pa. Wolf wants to create a major new program for college scholarships, require public schools to provide full-day kindergarten and pump $1 billion into cleaning up lead and asbestos in aging school buildings in his budget proposal rolled out.  (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP)
Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his 2020-21 budget address in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pa. Wolf wants to create a major new program for college scholarships, require public schools to provide full-day kindergarten and pump $1 billion into cleaning up lead and asbestos in aging school buildings in his budget proposal rolled out. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP)
Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his 2020-21 budget address in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pa. Wolf wants to create a major new program for college scholarships, require public schools to provide full-day kindergarten and pump $1 billion into cleaning up lead and asbestos in aging school buildings in his budget proposal rolled out. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Legislature’s budget reserve for its own operations is continuing to rise, reaching $172 million for the year that ended last June, according to a financial review released Tuesday.

The Legislative Audit Advisory Commission approved the annual spending report that reported the legislative branch spent $362 million over that year, up slightly from $355 million during the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

The reserve has grown from $95 million in 2016-17 to $138 million in the year ending in June 2018.

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The largest type of expenses, by far, was payroll and benefits, which cost slightly over $299 million. Other spending categories included $4 million for transportation, $2.4 million for travel and $2.5 million for postage.

Salaries for the 50-member Senate were $8.6 million, while the much larger House paid its elected members $31.4 million.

State lawmakers’ budgetary reserve peaked at $215 million in 2006.