House Majority Leader David Lust should be commended for his suggestion of a long term planning committee to deal with education and other important state matters.
Lust says the Legislature too often deals with education and other issues one year at a time. He says that puts the part-time Legislature at a disadvantage when dealing with full-time officials in the executive branch of government.
Lust says the proposed new committee would be a permanent panel that would compete with the executive branch in suggesting ideas.
I have often felt that the full-time bureaucrats in the executive branch are given too great an advantage over our legislators who are part time, hold another job, and are expected to juggle the many ideas and programs consistantly brought forth by many leaders from around the state. Our legislators consistantly show they are more than capable, but I cannot imagine the sudden work load our current legislators must deal with when session begins. A permanent panel might help to equalize the branches.