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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

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.

Joanne Fitzgerald


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