Legislative branch returns $1.8 million in savings

More than $1.8 million in legislative branch savings will be returned to the general fund by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, announced today.

“These savings are part of a continued commitment to lower the cost of state government to Virginia taxpayers,” Howell said. “Virginia taxpayers, families and businesses have to set priorities, make tough decisions and live within their means. I firmly believe that state government should do the same,” he said.  

The savings include more than $1.6 million from 11 legislative branch agencies and over $200,000 from the House of Delegates, as a result of reduced salaries and session expenses.

“Since 2003, the House of Delegates has sent over $5 million in savings back to the general fund, including over $1.3 million by consistently operating at a reduced per-diem rate during the legislative session,” Howell said. “During my time as Speaker, I have sought to run the House of Delegates how Virginians expect all of state government to operate – responsibly, efficiently and effectively.”