Per diems & Legislature's size
With his news story “Pennsylvania legislators ring up $3.9 million in per diems” (Jan. 14 and TribLIVE.com), Brad Bumsted has again opened our eyes to the question raised every year: Why do we need so many legislators in Pennsylvania?
It is pretty obvious from the lists of top 10 House and Senate per diem recipients that something is totally out of control. The lists do not even mention others who may be reaping similar per diem benefits, but nevertheless, the problem exists and changes need to be made.
It is time to reduce the number of legislators in Harrisburg. Doing more with less might be the logical answer, because they're going to put a slip in for their work anyway. How about a 12-month work schedule? How about a reduction in offices?
There are many financial problems in Pennsylvania, as in many other states. Why don't the voters, the taxpayers, resolve this problem on Election Day? Time to rethink our priorities and justify the need for the overabundance of these people.
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