Speaking to the House Local Government Committee Wednesday, Rep. Dennis Keene unwittingly summed up why the state legislature is running in the red.
Making the case for a bill to allow local governments to set up satellite offices throughout counties for sheriffs, county clerks, and property valuation administrators, Keene stated that spreading the new offices around could turn them into “profit centers.”
Asked to justify his absurd assertion, he said that it would help increase revenues because the offices would be closer to the people and would, therefore, make it easier for them to pay their local taxes on time.
The committee then proceeded to vote approval for the measure.
I’m not kidding even a little bit. Video of this will be available tomorrow.