Imagine you own a home and you decide that you will only work on your home for a few months a year, regardless of how much work it needs. No matter if your roof is leaking or you have a rat infestation; if you don’t have time to take care of those problems during the predetermined time, they don’t get dealt with.

Of course, no sane homeowner would constrain himself in this way, but somehow this is standard operating procedure for our state Legislature.

At the end of every legislative session, short or long, there is a laundry list of issues that weren’t addressed because of time constraints. This is pure stupidity.

We have an outdated, ineffective system that needs to be changed. We need longer sessions and we need to pay legislators considerably more. We need a modernized system that will draw lots of high-quality talent into the Legislature and gives them plenty of time to deal with all issues.

Joshua Welch


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