By now you probably know that Pennsylvania is the most expensive state in the country to run for office in 2018.
At a staggering $3,764 per person, Pennsylvania was the priciest state in 2016, and it’s the most costlier state in 2018, according to data from the Congressional Budget Office.
The cost of running for a state office in Pennsylvania is not cheap.
For instance, the average salary for a Congressional officeholder is $144,800 per year, or $22,200 more than the average Pennsylvania salary.
But in 2018 the average Congressional office holder made an average salary of $155,100, according the CBA, which makes the average cost per dollar that much more expensive than the state average.
To put that into perspective, if you were to add in state, local, and county costs, Pennsylvania’s average cost to run an office is still $3.5 million, which is about $6,600 more than what a typical congressional officeholder would make.
In the past, state lawmakers and governors used to be able to take out mortgages to pay for their offices.
In 2018, that was largely taken out of their state budgets, meaning that they now have to pay more for office space.
In addition to the cost of renting office space, there are other costs associated with running for office.
According to the CEA, office space is a significant part of a legislator’s total salary.
While an officeholder can rent office space for a minimum of two years, an average officeholder will pay at least $2,400 per year for office rent.
That’s more than three times the state median salary of about $1,500 per year.
If the average office holder is paying $2.4 million per year in office rent, that means the average state legislator will pay a total of about 10 percent of his or her annual salary to rent office.
That means a typical state legislator’s annual salary of over $6.2 million would be more than $10 million.
The CBA has published a detailed breakdown of the cost to be spent on office space and rent in Pennsylvania in 2018 in its 2018 Cost of Looting: An Overview of the Costs and Perquisites of Public Office, which provides a breakdown of how much money a state legislator makes in office.
The median salary for Pennsylvania House of Representatives members is $174,000, which was $2 million more than a typical Pennsylvania legislator.
In addition to office rent and office space costs, the CPA also breaks down the cost associated with other perks and benefits of office.
For example, a Pennsylvania legislator can take a $20,000 personal tax cut, a $10,000 health care deduction, a one-time $2 contribution to a 401(k) retirement account, or a $2 bonus.
There are also other perks like state-issued government IDs and $250 state gas tax discounts.