The States: In Bad Shape

To cope with the problems of Pennsylvania, the nation's third most populous state, the legislature has logged a grand total of 48 working days over the past six months. On the rare occasions when the legislators do convene, they get so little staff research assistance that decisions must often be based on inadequate information. Moreover, there are just too many lawmakers —253 in all. Not surprisingly, Republican Governor Raymond P. Shafer complains of "a state structure that has become alien to the needs of its citizens."

Yet for all of Pennsylvania's deficiencies, the...

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