May 11, 2010

Streamlining State Governments

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Mercatus scholars host a series of interviews with with policy scholars, elected officials and other practitioners about state and local legislative and regulatory reforms.

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States are facing tough decisions. Spending cuts, restructuring programs, and re-thinking the role of state government is being taken up across the country by “streamlining commissions” where a blend of private and public sector representatives offer recommendations how making state governments more effective and efficient.

Over past year the Mercatus Center has been advising the Louisiana Streamlining Commission. Joining us to discuss streamlining state government commissions regarding their experience with the Louisiana Streamlining Commission is Maurice McTigue and Daniel Rothschild. McTigue is the Vice President, Director of the Mercatus Center’s Government Accountability Project and served New Zealand as a Cabinet Minister, Ambassador, and member of Parliament. Most recently, he was appointed to Virginia’s Governor McDonnell’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring. Daniel Rothschild is the Managing Director of the State and Local Policy Project for the Mercatus Center.