To the editor:
Perhaps the only thing our current governor has said that I can agree with is "You get what you pay for!" He was referring to his rationalization for increasing the pay for members of his Cabinet.
What would a part-time legislature mean for Michigan? The current legislators are usually in session Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and spend Monday and Friday in their home districts and/or traveling. They also spend many weekend days at meetings and events in their home districts. A part-time legislature assumes that legislators would drive to and from Lansing on Tuesday and Thursday before and after sessions. What about the Upper Peninsula legislators? It takes eight hours minimum for your current state legislator to drive one way to work.
Who will be able to afford to be a legislator? Part-time work also means part-time wages. That is the purpose of cutting to part-time, saving money. Only those financially set, like our governor, or those retired and can supplement their retirement incomes with legislative incomes could afford to be in office. Anyone requiring a full-time salary could not afford to serve in the legislature.
People complain about taxes. However, taxpayers only want services cut that affect "the next guy." - "Don't cut what I get; it's the other guy who is being a leach on society."
You can't have it both ways. Either pay the taxes and keep a full-time legislature or get ready to receive even shabbier treatment from Lansing. You will get what you pay for. Would you be willing to provide full-time services for part-time wages?
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