Skip to comments.Rick Perry wants to chop 4 Texas agencies
Posted on 02/08/2011 9:04:10 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
AUSTIN Gov. Rick Perry will ask the Legislature on Tuesday to indefinitely suspend funding for four Texas agencies and consolidate the functions of dozens more as part of a sweeping budget plan that would make deep spending reductions across state government.
Funding for the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Commission on the Arts would be eliminated altogether.................
Those two agencies, which provide funding for the promotion of Texas arts and culture and the upkeep of state historic structures, were given over $100 million in the previous budget when bond proceeds and federal dollars are counted.
Two smaller agencies, the Board of Professional Geoscientists and the Board of Professional Land Surveying which oversee licensing requirements for people in those professions would also disappear under a list of "suspensions/consolidations" that will accompany the governor's budget proposal to the Legislature, documents obtained by the AP show. Those agencies got about $2.4 million to spend in the current budget.
Taken together, the proposals to zero out funding for some agencies while consolidating others would save the state about $50 million. That's a tiny fraction of the multibillion dollar budget shortfall confronting lawmakers this year, but it marks a significant departure from what other Republican leaders are discussing.
Besides the four agencies that would go away, Perry would target at least 21 agencies for consolidation and put their responsibilities into 11. He would put the Texas Facilities Commission, which oversees government buildings, into the General Land Office, for example.
Perry would also create a new Health Professions Agency, and fold into it a variety of agencies that oversee health professionals including the Texas Medical Board, the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the Texas Board of Nursing and the Board of Dental Examiners. .....
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This should have a lot of heads exploding in Austin!!!
Let’s see the GOP Congress follow suit and ax funding for NPR, PBS, the National Council for the Arts, etc, etc. If people want to support these frills, they certainly can open their checkbooks and keep them afloat. We can no longer afford the frills in city, county, state and federal govern-ments when we can’t afford the necessities, such as power stations, roads and bridges.
Well, I had planned on getting my R.P.L.S. license.
Good move Governor!
It’s definitely a start!
What is r.p.l.s?
On the whole, I wonder if it doesn’t make more sense to keep these boards separate, rather than fold them into a gigantic bureaucratic organization. Much easier to keep track of how well they’re doing if they each do their own things.
If cuts are wanted, why not just trim back the size of these boards, or trim back the compensation and the permanent staff?
Registered Professional Land Surveyor?
I’m surprised he’d cut this.
Registered Professional Land Surveyor.
The Texas Board is the agency that approves or dissapproves new licenses in the State.
Not sure what this means now.
Funny story. I really like your screen name.
I just received my new Verizon Droid R2D2 phone.
I am not sure what this does for me and my career plan.
This should be interesting.
Fantastic...This only means the Texas government will have to eliminate thousands of government employees!
Ping me when that actually happens.
**Funding for the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Commission on the Arts would be eliminated altogether.................**
The Texas Historical (Hysterical) Commission is a joke anyway. Any building listed as historical cannot be repaired, unless you find the original material.
Thanks! I like it too.
I hope you like your droid. Just don’t let him wander off.
a good start...how bout we keep this going and we got 49 other states and DC that need to emulate Texas...
While your at it, cut funding to sanctuary cities and tax the crap outta monetary wire transfers from illegals to Mexico.
Oh wait, that wouldn't mess with your 2012 presidential aspirations would it?
I dunno, I mean, just sayin.
Exactly. Everyone of those licensing agencies can be done away with.
Rick will wear his Conservative hat from now till the primaries to gain TEA Party support.
With Texas having the best ecomony during these tough Obamanomics,he'll be a strong candidate.
Sarah will have a tough time in the Primaries and Rick will tap her as VP.
Nothing about sanctuary cities. Tort Reform has brought a few incompetent doctors running to Texas for cover. I hope the Texas Medical Board is allowed to discipline doctors and review complaints. Or at least some agency is allowed to do that.
There is a lot of nasty mischief performed in the State’s professional commissions.
Nicely done sir. I thought I was the only Star Wars guy left. And I was quite certain I was the only guy that ever quoted it.
Two “P”s in a Presidential pod.
However this shakes out in 2012, I pray it will be a rout of epic proportions.
If I can I will, it’s surprizingly quotable. :)
I actually much prefer the Alec Guinness Kenobi.