You want to create 12,000 more politicians? Aren’t 120 bad enough!? How will anything ever get done?

You want to create 12,000 more politicians? Aren’t 120 bad enough!? How will anything ever get done?

A:

A couple of points here:

  1. The 12,000 Neighborhood Reps won’t be anything like the politicians we have now. Rather than career politicians, they’ll be community leaders, small-business owners, school board members, and folks who care enough about their community to sacrifice their time and energy serving their neighbors (remember, Reps are only paid $1,000/year).

  2. Not all 12,000 are involved in the day-to-day work of the legislature. Only 120 Neighborhood Reps at a time serve on the Working Committee (the same number of legislators as we have now), and they take care of the brunt of the work.  The remaining 11,880 Neighborhood Reps mostly just act as a communication conduit and accountability check between their constituents and the Working Committee, and they also get a yes-or-no vote on every bill that comes through. This way, we maintain the efficiency of a small legislature while introducing local accountability.

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