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December 8, 2011

 

2011-R-0432

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH EXPENSES IN THE 50 STATES

By: Judith Lohman, Assistant Director

You asked for data on each state's total expenditures for its legislative branch on both a per-resident and a per-legislator basis. 

The attached table provides the requested information. Per-capita and per-legislator calculations are based on (1) 2009 data (the most recent available) on legislative branch expenditures from the U.S. Census Bureau's annual survey of government finances, (2) state population data from the 2010 Census, and (3) the number of each state's legislators as of February 22, 2011 from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Table 1: State Expenditures for the Legislative Branch, 2009

STATE

STATE

POPULATION

NUMBER OF

LEGISLATORS

LEGISLATIVE

EXPENDITURES

(000)

EXPENDITURES

PER CAPITA

EXPENDITURES

PER LEGISLATOR

Alabama

4,779,736

140

$38,111

$8.09

$272,221

Alaska

710,231

60

46,088

66.03

768,133

Arizona

6,392,017

90

34,160

5.18

379,556

Arkansas

2,915,918

135

31,469

10.89

233,104

California

37,253,956

120

344,154

9.31

2,867,950

Colorado

5,029,196

100

25,565

5.09

255,650

Connecticut

3,574,097

187

60,458

17.19

323,305

Delaware

897,934

62

11,404

12.89

183,935

Florida

18,801,310

160

168,181

9.07

1,051,131

Georgia

9,687,653

236

33,040

3.36

140,000

Hawaii

1,360,301

76

31,174

24.07

410,184

Idaho

1,567,582

105

13,728

8.88

130,743

Illinois

12,830,632

177

73,444

5.69

414,938

Indiana

6,483,802

150

41,407

6.45

276,047

Iowa

3,046,355

150

32,051

10.66

213,673

Kansas

2,853,118

165

21,138

7.50

128,109

Kentucky

4,339,367

138

42,188

9.78

305,710

Louisiana

4,533,372

144

57,172

12.73

397,028

Maine

1,328,361

186

24,555

18.63

132,016

Maryland

5,773,552

188

75,771

13.30

403,037

Massachusetts

6,547,629

200

59,052

8.96

295,260

Michigan

9,883,640

148

98,457

9.88

665,250

Minnesota

5,303,925

201

57,681

10.95

286,970

Mississippi

2,967,297

174

22,758

7.71

130,793

Missouri

5,988,927

197

34,654

5.79

175,909

Montana

989,415

150

18,756

19.24

125,040

Nebraska

1,826,341

49

17,430

9.70

355,714

Nevada

2,700,551

63

52,987

20.05

841,063

New Hampshire

1,316,470

424

14,719

11.11

34,715

New Jersey

8,791,894

120

78,045

8.96

650,375

New Mexico

2,059,179

112

24,552

12.21

219,214

New York

19,378,102

212

221,343

11.33

1,044,071

North Carolina

9,535,483

170

49,682

5.30

292,247

North Dakota

672,591

141

12,133

18.75

86,050

Ohio

11,536,504

132

42,386

3.67

321,106

Oklahoma

3,751,351

149

36,557

9.92

245,349

Oregon

3,831,074

90

39,254

10.26

436,156

Pennsylvania

12,702,379

253

331,770

26.32

1,311,344

Rhode Island

1,052,567

113

27,592

26.20

244,177

South Carolina

4,625,364

170

56,400

12.37

331,765

South Dakota

814,18

105

6,253

7.70

59,552

Tennessee

6,346,105

132

41,290

6.56

312,803

Texas

25,145,561

181

143,152

5.78

790,895

Utah

2,763,885

104

12,381

4.45

119,048

Vermont

625,741

180

9,645

15.51

53,583

Virginia

8,001,024

140

41,602

5.28

297,157

Washington

6,724,540

147

79,454

11.92

540,503

West Virginia

1,852,994

134

28,349

15.58

211,560

Wisconsin

5,686,986

132

59,709

10.56

452,341

Wyoming

563,626

90

7,047

12.95

78,300

TOTAL/AVERAGE

308,143,815

7,382

2,930,348

$9.54

$396,959

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau

National Conference of State Legislatures

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