Benninghoff’s Office Saves Taxpayers $20,000
BELLEFONTE – Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today announced he will be returning approximately $20,000 in unspent money from his legislative office for the 2011-12 legislative session that ended Nov. 30.

“I always remember where those tax dollars are coming from,” Benninghoff said. “This is money that construction workers, nurses and other hard-working Pennsylvanians have paid to fund their government. We always try to treat tax dollars with the respect they deserve in our office.”

Legislators are appropriated dollars to cover the operating expenses of their offices, pay for postage for mail and other costs associated with handling constituent assistance matters.

Benninghoff operates a full-time office in Bellefonte, a part-time office in Reedsville, and a full-time office in the state Capitol, where he also fulfills additional responsibilities as chairman of the House Finance Committee.

At a time when the federal government is approaching a “fiscal cliff” generated through over-spending and out-of-control debt, Benninghoff said the ability of his state office to spend less shows government, at whatever level, can more wisely use taxpayer money.

“Too often, government’s approach has been ‘spend it if you’ve got it’ and we see where that leads,” Benninghoff said. “I believe in leading by example. We operate our office on a tight budget and respect taxpayer money. I’m pleased to be able to return unspent dollars again this year. House Republicans have been using significant cost-cutting measures the past several years. I am glad to be a part of those changes in how Harrisburg works.”

Residents who want to learn more about Benninghoff are encouraged to visit his website at and follow him on Facebook at

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Dan Massing
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