Losing weight in Harrisburg
Losing weight in Harrisburg
I agree with the article, “Shrinking Legislature could save Pa. $8M” (VND, March 4).
The article was about a proposed 20 percent reduction in the size of the Pennsylvania Legislature, from a total of 253 members to 203. House Speaker Sam Smith will reintroduce a bill to cut the size of the House to 153 members. This would save taxpayers not only on salaries but also money for pensions, health care, staff, travel costs and per diems. In addition, it would make the House more efficient.
If the Pennsylvania Senate needs only 50 members, why does the House need 203?
Reducing the size of the Legislature would be fiscally responsible. Every household cuts back when money is tight. The citizenry deserve no less.
I encourage readers to call, write or email their representatives and ask them to support this bill. We can do this if we try.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.