Friday, March 07, 2014

Too Many Fiefdoms

Hyper-local governments are beloved by some progressives I know, but they're wrong. Carving up states into a million tiny political subdivisions with no capacity to actually do shit is a tea person's dream come true. Just ask Greg Mankiw.

Here in Pennsylvania, there are four times as many part-time police officers as full-time ones. There are 1740 volunteer fire departments and 25 paid ones. 1679 planning commissions for 67 counties.

These are shitty shitty public services.