Another need for a plan: proposal for "full-time" DC Councilmembers and a big salary increase
There isn't a lot of new scholarship about various issues relating to the form of local government, especially in terms of the legislative branch. Some questions include:
From the article:
Among his key initiatives, Mr. Orange touted a term-limits bill that would restrict council members from serving more than two consecutive, four-year terms as mayor, council member, council chairman, attorney general or as a member of the Board of Education. The term limits would not be retroactive, so sitting council members would be entitled to two additional full terms if the measure passed.
Another bill would turn council members into full-time employees to prevent conflicts of interest caused by outside employment. Mr. Orange’s proposal would set the salary for each council member to within $20,000 of the chairman’s, a pay raise from about $125,000 to $170,000.
The District’s “part-time” members are already the second-highest paid city council in the nation, earning more than New York City’s legislators and trailing only those in Los Angeles, who earn an average $178,879 annually, according to a February report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. ...
Vincent B. Orange proposed his “new deal for the District of Columbia” a day before the council’s first legislative session since the summer recess. Mr. Orange, at-large Democrat, said his efforts will “start the conversation” on bold reforms, even if some of his ideas prove to be unpopular among his colleagues.
The proposals are part of a hodgepodge of legislation that highlight individual council members as champions of reform after a steady drip of apparent ethical lapses in city hall this year.
I wish that Council and DC Government generally would be more measured than is illustrated by the "hodgepodge" approach to governance.
Sure you can criticize government for taking too long, but DC Government's biggest problem seems to be acting without much forethought generally. This is a problem in the Executive Branch and Legislative Branch.
It's hardly a good track record for justifying independent "statehood."
-- New years post #5: DC City Council Committees and striving to be a world class city