Slicing up Pennsylvania’s House

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Pennsylvania House Speaker Sam Smith is ready to throw his weight behind reducing the size of the state legislature by 50 members, from its current number of 203 members to 153.

Smith (R-Jefferson ) laid out in a letter to all member of the House, the great debate over what a reduction would mean. Some firmly believe it would save the state a ton of cash, while others have long argued it would end up costing taxpayers even more money because lawmakers would have to add even more people to their staff.

In his letter, Smith writes, “Why am I introducing this legislation? Because, very simply, I believe a smaller House of Representatives is a more effective body. And I think effectiveness is most desirable to the people of the Commonwealth.”

Smith says he intends to introduce a joint resolution in the near future to amend the Constitution.

Will a reduction truly make state government effective? No, says  Greg Golazeski    and he has a vision of what will get us much closer to the mark, click here to read more.

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