I admire Gov. Ed Rendell's call for consolidation of school districts. It'll be unpopular, but it's way past the time that state taxpayers pay for 501 school districts.
Rendell is right that we can't afford them.
I'm disappointed, however, that Rendell didn't call for a smaller Legislature at the same time. I think his plan for school districts would carry more weight if he called for a cutback in the size of government.
Memo to Rendell and others in Harrisburg: We can't afford 253 legislators any more, either. And we can't afford to let them sit on their surpluses.
It's time to think about consolidation in a lot of ways in Pennsylvania, and state government has to be a part of it.