Bill Rappleye asked: “What do you think rappers? Should Rhode Island have full-time, paid legislators?”
The problem isn’t with the idea, but the implementation:
Will full-time legislating increase the number of citizen-legislators because more people could afford to give up or limit their ‘real job’ and be in the General Assembly?
Will full-time legislating become more attractive to the elites, thus making election bids more expensive and driving away the average Rhode Islander?
Does a part-time legislature favor the affluent and the white-collar professionals who have flexible schedules or does it favor the average Rhode Islander because it’s only part-time?
It’s not the description of the job, but the real-life job description of the legislators.