Downsize the Legislature and save Pa. money

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According to the Post-Gazette, the state is facing a $1.3 billion deficit (“Deadline Looms for State Budget,” June 2). How about this solution? The Republican Party in Pennsylvania has had control of the Senate, House and governor’s office since 2011. One of their main complaints, like the U.S. Congress, is having too much government. Why not cut the number of representatives from 203 to 100? They have the votes, or is it too hypocritical?

The average annual salary without per diem, benefits, etc. is $82,000. Multiplying that by 100 is $8.2 million. That is a pretty good start. Now, how about if we add on the 6.2 percent Social Security contribution; now that is an additional $508,400 in savings. Next, let us add on the car, mileage and state pension contributions. You are well over $8.7 million. Quite a savings!

It will never happen, though, because someone in Big Government will lose his job.

TOM TORCHIA
Mt. Lebanon

 


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