Legislative bill runs $18.5M

Mississippi taxpayers shelled out more than $18.5 million on legislative expenses for the past year, with much of the price tag driven by lawmakers’ salaries and travel.

The state auditor’s annual report on the Legislature shows nearly $11.4 million was paid to lawmakers from May 2010 through the end of this year’s regular session in April. The total includes a one-day special session held in August that cost the state about $52,500.

Legislative employees and operating expenses for the year tacked on an additional $5.7 million.

Clarion Ledger