Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Brewin' Up Term Limits Fall

La Prima Sponsor

Here's how Councilwoman Gale Brewer, prime sponsor of the term limits leg, explained her position on term limits in her Citizens Union candidate questionnaire:

I support three consecutive four year terms. People will be better served if there is more expertise in the Council, and that comes with a longer term. In addition, the quick change of Council Members means that smaller nonprofits who take a couple of years to become acquainted with their local legislator will have to invest more scarce staff time into more lobbying with a new elected official on a regular basis. One result of eight year turn over will be an increase in lobbying expenditures by nonprofits.

Honestly, we don't get it! What's so hard about having a non-profit pick-up the phone to call their local Council Member? The only thing we can think of is that the Council Member may not be as quick to respond to just any non-profit. What else are we missing?



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