--We learn that a prominent member of the House of Delegates will introduce, at an early day, in consequence of the heavy burthens and increasing charges upon the people of this Commonwealth, in its administration of the various departments, including corporations created by the State
, and by county and corporations, (in order to institute the reforms necessary to efficiency and economy, if any be needed,) a resolution by which it will be made the duty of the Auditor
of Public Accounts to collect information so as to enable him to report the names, salaries, and perquisites of all the officers of the States, together with all county and corporation charges, for the year 1860.
To enable him to accomplish the work in a satisfactory manner, the resolution will provide that it shall be the duty of the President
, or other chief officer, of every corporation created by, or transacting business in, this Commonwealth-- of clerks of courts, overseers of the poor, and other proper officers — to furnish to the Auditor
of Public Accounts the names and salaries of all officers of such corporations, all county and corporation charges, charges for the support of the poor, and the number of registered voters in the State
To enable the parties called on for information to furnish the same in intelligible shape, it will also be provided that the Auditor
shall furnish the requisite blanks for such reports, and afterwards compile the same in such convenient tabular form as will best enable him to report the result of so interesting a research into the mysteries and cost of government to the next General Assembly.
That the resolution will be adopted by unanimous consent, we entertain no reasonable doubt; and that its adoption and results will astound tax-payers, we feel equally certain.
The tabular statement of the Auditor
will leave an extensive margin for the pruning knife of retrenchment and reform.
That this will be so, is proved by the wild hunt after office both under the State
and Federal Governments.