The Sept. 2 Point of View by David McLennan on “The case for a full-time legislature” offered some good reasons for expanding the effort and pay of the North Carolina legislature.
However, one wonders if, as this legislature works hard in its race to the bottom in areas such as education, safety net programs, voting rights and tax giveaways to the wealthy, we would get more than we bargain for in a full-time legislature.
Maybe more time and effort by the legislature would merely speed the decline in standing of the state in its support of all its residents.
Why do we suppose that more time and effort would lead to more enlightened policies?
Perhaps the better approach would be to pay legislators a part-time salary and mandate that they not do any legislating, thus slowing, maybe even reversing, the race to the bottom.