Good Morning everyone. Hope no one has overdosed on peeps and bunnies and whatever yesterday. I stayed clear. Very clear.
This of course is Marathon Day. Our attention will be on safety. We have done a good number of stories throughout the last several weeks about the personal stories of which there are millions it seems. The best of the women go off at about 9-30 this morning. More or less. The best of the men start a half hour later.
There is a question that strikes me on another subject sparked by a story by The New England Center for Investigative Reporting. This is an arm of Boston University and WGBH TV in Boston. They did an analysis of the Massachusetts legislature and what they found was pretty amazing.
Just 21 per cent of the bills that they pass have a statewide effect. One out of every five. The report says that the legislature passed between January of 2011 and last month a grand total of 945 bills. There are almost 18 thousand bills that were proposed which means they have been lost somewhere in committee. That’s five per cent, barely of the ideas proposed. Only NY, NJ and Minnesota did less.
The report says the problem is not the war between Republicans and Democrats -in this state, let’s face it if the legislature wanted to create another day of the week, they have the votes to do it. The report calls out antiquated rules and the power of just a few people…mainly the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. And, the report says that right behind the 102 thousand dollars that they make, the retiring Senator Steve Brewer is the next highest paid lawmaker at 92 thousand dollars…Stan Rosenberg, soon to be the President of the Senate at 89 thousand dollars and Gale Candaras, who is also retiring at 82 grand.
Aside from all of these numbers, which are mildly amusing…here is the bottom line question; Should state legislatures - not necessarily Massachusetts, but all state legislatures be parttime? Give them six months a year to do what they do and get out of town? Just sitting here wondering if we might consider "less is really more" when it comes to state lawmakers- your money and our welfare. Just wondering.
See you in a bit.