It’s Your Money

I believe that transparency in state spending is crucial to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent as wisely and efficiently as possible. This page is designed to help make basic spending information easily accessible.


Effective December 1, 2020, my salary as the Senate Pro Tempore is $141,019.

Mileage and Expense Reimbursement

Due to the amount of miles I drive and to save taxpayer money, I choose to use a state Department of General Services (DGS) supplied vehicle. Reimbursement for business mileage is not provided for DGS vehicles.  If I chose not to use a state supplied vehicle, the current mileage reimbursement rate, established by the Internal Revenue Service, is 56. cents per mile.

District Offices

I have two district offices: one in Lewistown, Mifflin County and one in Bellefonte, Centre County. (You can view the locations and office hours using Google Maps). The monthly rent for each of these offices is $2,650.74 (Bellefonte), and $760.76 (Lewistown).

Senate Budget

Fiscal Year

Senate Approp.

General Fund Budget

Senate as a % of General Fund





2019-20 $121,857,000 $35,179,480,000


2018-19 $122,019,000 $33,401,521,000


2017-18 $113,616,000 $31,948,059,000


2016-17 $106,562,000 $31,951,788,000


2015-16 $81,618,000 $30,127,165,000


2014-15 $65,613,000 $29,152,763,000







































Since becoming a member of the Senate in 1998, one of my primary goals has been to make information about state government — particularly government spending — more easily accessible to the public. To further that goal, I supported all of the following:

Open Records Law

Pennsylvania’s new Open Records 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, requires the creation of a complete online state budget database known as PennWATCH. This database, designed to make details of state spending easily and freely accessible, became available on December 20, 2012.

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.

Gubernatorial Nomination Data Online

Information about every nomination made by the Governor is available on the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee website.  The website, which is separated into cabinet nominations and other nominations, includes every nominee’s Statement of Financial Interest and current status.

Website for Mobile Devices

You can now access the General Assembly website for mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Android-based devices, and the BlackBerry. Visitors can use the site to search for bills by number or keyword, to read bill text, to access information about legislative committees, to watch or listen to Senate and House sessions, and to contact members of the General Assembly.

Sunshine Law: Tougher Penalties

Act 56 of 2011, that  I supported,  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 was a cosponsor of these new rules, and supported the changes through the process.

Independent Fiscal Office

Pennsylvania’s new Independent Fiscal Office, created by Act 120 of 2010, will 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.


In addition to those listed above, the following resources provide additional information designed to make the operation of state government more transparent and accountable.

Lobbyist Disclosure Reports

Pennsylvania’s Lobbying Disclosure Law, Act 134 of 2006, requires lobbyists and principals (the companies and individuals who hire lobbyists) to file quarterly reports. The Department of State maintains an online database of lobbyists, principals and the required reports.

Statements of Financial Interest

The Governor, members of the General Assembly, and other public officials are required to file Statements of Financial Interest with the State Ethics Commission. The Statements of Financial Interest are all available on the Commission’s website.