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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 23, 1911, Image 20

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The insurance and banking
laws of Wisconsin under the La
Follette regime have been made
over. What has this man, so
widely advertised untilt recently
as "dangerous" done? , ..
One of the first things he -did-was
to .provide for efficiency- -in
the state government by a civil
service ,law which placed all ap-
ppintive state offi
cers on a merit sys
tem with competi
tive examinations.
Other states have
similar laws, but
the Wisconsin law
is the real thing. It
even goes so far as
to put the employes
of the legislature
under civil service.
Before this law was
passed, it cost Wis
consin $433 a day to
run the legislature
$433 of political
pap. The insur
gents threw it all
away for the sake of
good government in
accordance with
Governor La Follette's recom
mendations. In six years the civil service
commission has examined 12,000
people. It audits annually ac
counts! to the amount of $1,000,
000. The average daily expense
of 26 state legislatures last win
ter was $463.34. Kansas bleeds
to the tune of $586 a dav. What's
$685 daity. Mr. Hines' legisla
ture in Illinois cost the-' state
$891.47 per diem (what it cost
Hines is,problematical). Minne
sota -pays for her legislature ,$"5'64
and' Iowa "for hers $718 a day.
Maryland expends $1,365 a "day
for th'e 'Maryland brand of laws.'
"Wisconsin, with her ci'yil ser
vice'lawgets the Wisconsin kind
of legislation at an expense of
only $299.56 a day. The watch
word is Efficiency.
In Wisconsin national banks
fall sometimes, they $ay, but state
banks never. La Follette's re
gime has placed xn the statute
hooks of Wisconsin by amend
ment and new enactment laws
establishing a banking coinmis- ,
iSion- aiid-jptoviding-ior bant-in--'
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