The better question to ask is "Did we ever get our money's worth?"
The Times Leader features an articlePa.’s newest lawmakers find cupboard bare in Harrisburg - COMMENTARY.
Remember my post Pennsylvania's Do Nothing Legislature.
Here is a relevant excerpt from the Commentary:
The pace of activity has not exactly been breakneck.
“I would have fired myself six times by now by how fast things get done — the wheels of government turn slowly if they turn at all,” said Rep. Will Tallman, R-Adams. “We should be working on the budget and we are not.”
Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, had a similar impression.
“We’ve been spending a lot of time talking about the budget, and I’m hoping that soon we’ll start actually moving on an agenda,” Briggs said. “We’ve voted on a lot of resolutions.”
Two years ago, with the poisonous fallout from the July 2005 pay-raise vote fresh in their minds, lawmakers made some changes in how the House and Senate operate. The state’s open records law was revamped, but the overall “reform agenda” ended the two-year session in November with, at best, a mixed verdict.
Many of the newcomers say they hope to resume those efforts.
“The reform probably has moved to the back burner, but there’s still so much work to be done that I hope it comes to the forefront over the next couple of months,” said Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver.
Don't count on legislative reform any time soon. Todd Eachus is about to be the point person on healthcare reform. Another Wag The Dog scenario.
Todd, can you explain to the public your educational background in healthcare?? Can you explain your expertise in this area, classes you took, degrees you have, positions you have held in the healthcare field???
Let me do it for you. From your PA House website: Coughlin High School, 1980 Pitzer College-The Claremont Colleges, Political Science, 1984
Yet it will be proffered that you have the right, or is that Rendell's health plan for 12 million people. I highly doubt it.