STATE HOUSE DEMS CAUCUS LOSES 15 SEATS BUT ADDS STAFF POSITIONS

For people who just don’t understand why the state spends its money the way it does, this won’t help. In the November 2010 legislative elections, state House Democrats lost fourteen seats and then one in the special elections (with one special next month). Yet as I write this, they have more staffers (79) than they did in 2010 (75). That is a head-scratcher indeed.

No doubt the House Dem Caucus is still within its budget but the very presence of four more bodies means more space is needed. In fact, some House Dem staffers have set up shop in the Capitol because they are out of room in the legislative office building.

It begs the questions, if there are less Democratic state reps., why aren’t there less staffers needed? It makes no sense. Scaling back a bit would save money at a time when the state is trying to plug a nearly $4 billion hole in the state budget.

It is true Speaker of the House Chris Donovan has brought back some key, talented and experienced people who had left. That can only help him with legislation and efficiency. But that does not negate the thought that overall, fewer caucus members should mean fewer staffers.

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