So, how much would you pay for representation you can live with? Let’s do some math.
The current house has 435 members, each representing 717,000 Americans, or a population of nearly 312 million. If we reduce the number Americans each House member represents to say, 100,000, that gives us a House of Representatives with 3,119 members.
Currently, the annual salary for a member of Congress is $174,000 or, at present, about $7.5 million and change per year. At 3,119 representatives, that base expense to the nation balloons to more than half a billion dollars per year. Just for the pure craziness of the figures, consider George Washington’s suggested upper limits of no more than 40,000 Americans per representative and you get an annual salary budget of $1.4 billion.
I would think of that as money well spent, but, yeah, like that’s going to happen.