March 22, 2014

Brian Calley for Michigan Part-time Legislature #MIGOP #Michigan

"The best government is that which governs least."

Calley for Michigan

Dear Fellow Conservatives,

In 1837, Henry David Thoreau wrote, "The best government is that which governs least." Those words have been one of the guiding philosophies behind our push to eliminate over 1500 rules and regulations since 2011.  It is also one of the reasons that I, along with my colleagues Tom McMillin, Dave Agema and Justin Amash, introduced a constitutional amendment in 2009 to give Michigan a Part-time Legislature. 

While there are many arguments that favor the institution of this style of government, there is one that stands out above all else: Part-time legislative systems produce fewer laws each year than full-time systems.  That's a win for the people in my book.

Over 40 states have Part-time Legislatures.  The People's business still gets done, constituent needs are still met and laws still get passed (albeit a lot less of them).  As Article 1, Section 1 of the Michigan Constitution says: “All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal benefit, security and protection.”  A limited scope of government best ensures that this will remain true.

This is why I intend to vote for a Part Time Legislature if it makes it on the ballot this year.


Brian Calley

Paid for by Brian Calley for Michigan
PO Box 16173, Lansing, MI 48901

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