As fellow blogger Don Rippert never tires of reminding us, Virginia’s political system is stacked in favor of vested interests and the status quo. It is not one that many other states would want to emulate. But the General Assembly does do one cool thing — it runs one of the most, if not the most, active page programs of any legislature in the country. Last year, the state spent $500,000 on wages, expenses and incidentals so 39 Virginia middle schoolers from around the state could work in the legislature. What an incredible learning experience! Governing magazine has a brief stories and loads of photos here.
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