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Reining in the State Bureaucracy: A Solid First Step in Reform

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During the Governor’s recent State of the State address, he touched upon an issue that has been at the heart of our delegation’s continuing efforts to reduce the state’s tax burden: reducing the size of the state bureaucracy.

In 2005, years before the Great Recession hit, the 9th District delegation introduced legislation that would institute a plan in which the number of state employees would be reduced through attrition and efficiencies. At the time, this plan was responding to a dramatic explosion in the size of the executive branch’s workforce – nearly 14,000 employees were added to the payrolls in a span of just four years.

As a measured response, our plan was designed to be implemented over a four-year period so the workforce reductions would be achieved through attrition thus minimizing, to the greatest extent, any financial hardships for affected personnel. Defenders of the status quo attempted to make the case, albeit a weak one, that an enlarged bureaucracy was needed to provide government services to state residents. We countered by pointing out: what good are expensive government services to someone if they can’t afford to live in the state?

For years, our delegation’s legislation languished even as it became abundantly clear that the sheer size of the state bureaucracy was collapsing upon itself due to its massive cost that taxpayers and businesses could no longer afford. Undeterred, and recognizing that this was an issue of significant interests to our constituents, our delegation continued working to ensure that reducing the size and cost of the state bureaucracy play prominently in any effort to stabilize the state’s finances moving forward.

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