What does your common sense tell you about Michigan moving from a full-time to part-time legislature?
May 31, 2017
Michigan has a full-time legislature where lawmakers have their own staff people and their own offices. They get a generous salary and with expense money can earn pretty close to six figures.
Does our state need all that just to pass laws? How much work is actually involved in pressing either a green or red button on your desk?
This is an issue where voters need to shift into "critical thinking." It's way too easy to react to this issue with personal prejudice. On the surface, it makes sense to reduce the amount of money we spend on our state's 148 lawmakers. But, are we ignoring the law of unintended consequences like when you push in one side of the balloon where will it come out the other side?
I've seen the legislature "up close and personal" for most of my adult life. I've worked in a variety of jobs in and around the State Capitol.
Two Republican candidates for governor want a part-time legislature. Soon, you will be asked to sign petitions to put it on the ballot. This is worth doing some homework about. I too have my own political prejudices and I've learned that I needed to either discard them or substantially recalibrate my thinking.