If you are sincerely trying to reduce our government spending, we must look to more than just the federal government. Instead of relying on the "trickle-down" theory, we might start at the local level and weed out the obvious dead weight.
Rhode Island has four political subdivisions. The elected administrations govern nearly equal portions of the state. One of the cities within the area is the focal point of local government.
Connecticut also uses this city or town system as its major governmental unit.
Louisiana uses the county system but calls it a "parish," (after the original European medieval system of church government).
There are several obvious examples of attempts to save duplication of political effort. Nebraska's unicameral legislature is one.
Los Angeles has a great opportunity to pioneer political savings. We desperately need more city councilmen/women to augment this body. It must enable the people to be represented at the "grass-roots" level. It is ludicrous for one councilman/woman to represent 200,000 plus individuals.
Chicago has 50 councilmen representing what they designate as wards (1 represents approximately 75,000 people). New York City has divided itself into boroughs. It has 43 council members representing roughly 93,000 citizens, each.