There's an ongoing series of articles in the Citizens Voice about the size and cost of Pennsylvania's legislature. For example as an overall total only California spends more but the per capita cost there is $8 while it is $26 here. FYI if you're in New York you're not far behind either.
http://citizensvoice.com/news/pennsylva ... bled=false
HARRISBURG - Even with above-average salaries and benefits, the state's 253 legislators actually account for only a small portion of the total cost of running the General Assembly.
The real expense comes from its support staff which numbers nearly 3,000, the largest legislative staff in the nation. Its 2,918 employees outnumber the next two largest, New York at 2,751 and Texas with 2,388, even though the latter have larger populations.
The numbers are drawn from a 2009 analysis, the latest available, by the National Conference of State Legislatures. They do not reflect recent changes, like California's much-publicized staff cutbacks caused by its fiscal problems and the poor economy.