[O]ne piece of succulent fat still hangs from the bone. The General Assembly should trim down.Perhaps he's right. (Though I still smell a rat; is Trejbal trying to bait conservatives by having them defend the current set-up?; after all, when has Trejbal - or anyone else at the Times - ever been concerned about the government saving money?)
Any schoolkid enrolled in civics should know that the General Assembly is composed of two chambers, the Senate, which has 40 seats, and the House of Delegates, which has 100.
Less known is that the Virginia Constitution is a little soft on the size of the chambers. Article IV, Sections 2 and 3 set a range.
"The Senate shall consist of not more than 40 and not less than 33 members," and, "The House of Delegates shall consist of not more than 100 and not less than 90 members."
I suspect few Virginians would weep if we went with the low end of the range instead of the high. This is an era of open hostility toward government, especially toward politicians.
But I'll go you one better, dude. Want to save taxpayer money? Let's do a Nebraska. And eliminate the state Senate. Now there's a cost savings waiting to happen.
In two words or less can anyone tell me what Phil Puckett has accomplished in the last 12 years? Can anyone even tell me what he does while in Richmond, besides suck up oxygen, dine at Richmond's finest restaurants, and expense his travel, lodging, and meals?
Want to save the taxpayers money, Christian? Take away Phil Puckett's expense account. I guarantee you he'd not be missed.
And chances are real good that, if we went to a unicameral system of government, the republic would survive.
But ... but ... but ...