On September 9, the State Government Reorganization Interim Committee will meet for the first time.
According to the charge of the committee, the goal of the meetings are to consider options for reorganizing state government to improve efficiency, modernize processes, eliminate duplication and outdated processes, reduce costs, and increase accountability. The review shall address the expanded use of the Internet and other technology, and the incorporation of productivity improvement measures. The study shall include a process to receive state government efficiency suggestions offered by the public.
The members of the interim committee are Senators Appel, Danielson, Feenstra, Hamerlinck and Warnstadt and Representatives Mascher, Gaskill, Helland, Struyk and Todd Taylor.
When this interim was created, the fear was that it was only for show and it would not accomplish what it was set up to do. However, with the Legislature and the Governor facing a $1 billion shortfall in the FY 2011 budget, it is imperative that the Democrats take this interim committee seriously.
After rejecting over $300 million in budget savings offered by House Republicans last session, Iowans have a right to be skeptical of House Democrats’ motives.
In addition, the interim should not be used an excuse to justify state government spending and/or raising taxes on Iowans. After rejecting over $300 million in budget savings offered by House Republicans last session, Iowans have a right to be skeptical of House Democrats’ motives.
Regardless, House Republicans will continue to suggest ways for state government to become more efficient and save the taxpayers money.