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Before pay increases, shrink the legislature

Henry E. Josten Old Saybrook

Publication: The Day

Published 04/21/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 04/19/2013 04:59 PM

David Collins wants to "give state legislators more pay" - "Pay Connecticut lawmakers more, but cut the pensions," (April 3) - but isn't that putting the cart before the horse? Shouldn't we first reduce the size of the legislature?

Connecticut is the third smallest of the 50 states in area and about 24, I believe, in population, yet we have the second largest legislature, larger than their counterparts; even in New York, California, Texas and Illinois. Why?

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