The last line of the article "Legislature will consider consolidation
measures" is right on target. "Consolidation projects so far in West
Virginia have cost the taxpayers more money."
I have seen the results in our former state of California.
The introduction of such legislation led to the formation of the San
Diego County Regional Commission and added still another layer of
bureaucracy and the predicted 'cost-savings' not only failed to
materialize, there were simply more offices, more uncivil servants, and
finally more taxes to be paid.
And, there was already something called "SANDAG," an association of
County government and county schools put control at the most local
level, WHERE THEY BELONG!
Just look what has happened to so many societal functions since
Washington, D.C. has decided they can do it better. Health care costs
have skyrocketed, education has gone into the crapper and they cannot
even understand the difference between 'American interests' and 'none
of our business.'
It's hard to believe how many in government fail to learn from the
mis-steps and screw-ups of others.
I know it is a pipe dream to wish for the impossible, but it would be so
much easier on the taxpayers and would preserve our freedoms if anyone
running for elected office or applying for some do-nothing/make-work
government job would have to pass a test to demonstrate an
understanding of simple reason, knowledge of the past and some
familiarity with the state and federal constitutions.
But all we will get, until people realize that voting as they always
have, will only give them more of the what they have always gotten; more
government, less freedom.