Governor’s government reforms

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced yesterday a series of reforms to the way Virginia does business, with an eye towards saving some money. The proposal are a part of the work of the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring, whose most recent report to the governor (pdf) was issued November 21.

A couple of the items on the governor’s list caught my eye:

  • Among the 19 boards and commissions to be eliminated is the Small Business Advisory Board. In the Commission’s report, the reason given for eliminating this board is that it hasn’t had a quorum for the last eight meetings and is not a policy board. Who in the heck is on that board? Perhaps the reason there hasn’t been a quorum is because no one is listening to it, anyway.
  • The Office of Consumer Affairs to be moved to the Attorney General’s office. This was something that AG Ken Cuccinelli mentioned in a conference call prior to the election. He wants the agency under the AG’s control. Interestingly enough, the move is not mentioned in the Commission’s report.

The governor’s proposal will be introduced as a resolution to be acted on in the upcoming General Assembly session.

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5 thoughts on “Governor’s government reforms

  1. The board elimination of the Board of Mineral Mining Examiners to now be done solely by the Division of Minerals office is curious to me as it is coming at the same time they are looking to lift the Uranium Mining Ban. I thought this was already the agency that would oversee that. (I may be wrong about that)

    The elimination of the availability of printed reports to the public is disheartening. The push is for only in electronic format “unless a substantial portion of the intended recipients of the publication cannot be reached electronically”. So if you are elderly and don’t (or can’t )use computers or you can not financially afford them you are out. I think there will be a time in the future where this is actually possible however, not now and it disenfranchises certain groups of citizens.

    Also this report addressed of federal mandates on the state and that it also places a financial burden on the states. During the debates at recent elections I ask several people running about the states mandates on the localities and the financial burden on the localities. I think it is odd that many at the state level think the mandates passed to the localities are needed and “somethings you just have to do”. However, when it comes from the federal to the state level that is all wrong. I guess it is do as I say not as I do kind of logic.

    1. > it disenfranchises certain groups of citizens

      No, it does not. To disenfranchise someone is to prevent him from voting.

      What you’re talking about is making information a little harder for some people to get. Nothing more.

  2. Although I was glad to see this year that they did not axe the Freedom of Information Act council which gives citizens and government officials some forum to go to before having to go to court. The governor seemed hot on that last time and no mention this year. Glad

  3. Are resolutions taken as a whole, adopted as is?
    The situation w/ the small business committee seems curious, considering the importance of small businesses to our economy.
    I’m concerned about the move to eliminate licensing of mold inspectors. My household is in the midst of dealing w/ this sector, and knowledgeable businesses are important. And isn’t there an ongoing issue of mold infestation in our military housing?

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