A novel cash-saving suggestion

State Representative Mike Sturla, a Lancaster County Democrat, has a suggestion for cutting back on General Assembly spending: eliminate the state Senate. Sturla chairs the House Majority Policy Committee, which will take a look at the feasibility of a unicameral legislature during a Philadelphia hearing tomorrow  afternoon. He notes there’s been a lot of talk about reducing the size of the House or Senate recently, but argues trimming the bodies by ten or twenty percent won’t save any money.

Sturla also argues a unicameral legislature would make lawmakers more efficient.

So Sturla’s committee will hear testimony on a measure introduced by Northampton County Democrat Rich Grucela, which would disband the Senate and merge the two chambers into one body. Nebraska is the only state with a unicameral legislature.

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi’s spokesman, Erik Arneson, doesn’t seem amused by the proposal. He writes, “Given that the House recently rubber-stamped the governor’s now out-of-balance spending plan, I would respectfully suggest that their time would be better spent crafting a responsible state budget.”


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Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

One Response to A novel cash-saving suggestion

  1. Lee Lewis says:

    This back and forth bantering over the state budget between the House and Senate is crazy. Last year the House D’s criticized the Senate R’s for their out of balance budget proposal before they even produced a proposal. Now this year the exact opposite is occuring. It is partisan politics at its finest. Once again our elected officials are putting their own political interest in front of the people of Pennsylvania. How about working together in a bipartisan fashion to pass a budget that is the best for the residents of the state of Pennsylvania?

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