An audit of the General Assembly found there is $200 million in legislative surplus, and called for most of it to be returned to the taxpayers who paid for it (that is to back to the state to be spent on other things). The Tribune-Review and Associated Press also have stories on this. The full audit is posted on Rep. Josh Shapiro’s site, and can be downloaded here.
This $200 million would help close the current budget gap, which we should try to do without putting federal taxpayers (and yes, Gov. Rendell, Pennsylvania residents pay federal taxes) on the hook for a bailout of states.