Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Part-time Legislators

The Adam Smith Institute blog mentions the possibility that California will return to having part-time legislators. The merits of part-time legislators is that if legislators spend less time making laws, then they're less likely to spend and waste money. This is summed in what's called Parkinson's Law which states: "WORK EXPANDS SO AS TO FILL THE TIME AVAILABLE FOR ITS COMPLETION". Therefore, if you limit the amount of work you also limit what is completed (which in this case would be the creation of laws and the spending required to fund them).