FRANKFORT — Kentucky taxpayers will fork over about $3.56 million to pay for the 2015 General Assembly, which begins at noon Tuesday.
Most of the money will go for legislative compensation.
The lawmaking session is estimated to cost $66,024.51 each day, according to the Legislative Research Commission’s public information office.
Lawmakers will meet four days this week to elect leaders and organize committees, then they will recess until Feb. 3. The session is scheduled to end March 24.
Digital Access For Only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
Legislators aren’t paid during the January recess but get paid every day — including weekends and holidays — from Feb. 3 to March 24. That means for a 30-day session, lawmakers will get paid for 54 days.
Legislative sessions in odd-numbered years run for 30 workdays. Those in even-numbered years last 60 workdays.
State lawmakers have not had a pay raise since 2010, but they will get a bump in mileage reimbursement, from 56 cents a mile to 57.5 cents.