Shrinking State Government

Governor McDonnell has announced a package of initiatives that would reorganize portions of state government.  The legislation is heading to the General Assembly as part of a continuing effort to shrink the government’s size.

McDonnell rolled out his recommendations Tuesday based on the work of his government reform commission.  He said state spending grew 23% during the past decade—when adjusted for inflation—and that in this economy, Virginians can’t afford a government that grows bigger each year.

The plan would eliminate 19 state boards and commissions and combine as many as 23 others.  It would get rid of the Surface Mining Review Board and the Public Broadcasting Board … as well as de-regulate several professions, including hair-braiders and interior designers.

The Governor also proposes scrapping the National Defense Industrial Authority and the Board of Towing and Recovery Operators, since they duplicate work handled by other state agencies. The changes are estimated to save as much $2-million a year.
–Amanda Iacone

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