Reducing State Agencies Bill 15 Feb 12

There’s another move underway at the Minnesota Legislature to reduce the number of state agencies. Senator Mike Parry’s bill would combine the Minnesota Department of transportation with another department, and do the same with the Health Department, Human Rights Department and a number of other state agencies. But the Waseca Republican stresses his bill is a starting point to open the discussion. Democrat Barb Goodwin is leery about combining state agencies. She says the state already ranks very high for efficiency in running state government. There’s a Senate hearing for the issue set for Friday.