Was rather surprised to read yesterday that the Missouri legislators adjourned at 3:30 and are done for the year. They have a five month working year. Missouri House members make a salary of 35,915 dollars a year plus a 104.20 per diem and mileage. And health benefits. What is that 104.20 per day money used for? Housing and food.
They are ranked low among all states for salary, but they only work 5 months a year and that per diem money moves them up the income scale.
Illinois legislators make $67,836 per year plus a 111 dollar per diem, mileage and health benefits. The Illinois General Assembly begins its working year on the first Wednesday in January and adjourns in May or June only to pick up again for a short while in the Fall. There is not a fixed length of time for their working term.