Thursday, January 31, 2008
In 2007, the House DFL expanded the number of standing committees from 27 to 36, an increase of 33%.
To fund that expansion, the House DFL almost doubled the budget for committees, from $324,000 to $646,000.
The number is uncertain, because their make-up and titles shift. If one goes with the conservative number (98), then one might note that Minnesota has 98 legislative panels, 85 House DFLers, and only 87 counties.This last comment means that there are now more committees, etc. than there are DFL legislators and MN counties.One has to wonder what these people are doing with our money. The actual cost will not appear until January of 2009, two months after the election. One would hope that Minnesotans would wake up to this abuse of our money before then
Like President Bush said in his State of the Union Message (I paraphrase): "If you are so eager to raise taxes, the IRS accepts checks and money orders from you. There is no reason to force others to pay for what you desire." The real issue is control, of us.