November 2, 2017

Task force issues recommendations to shrink government

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has announced the results of a task force created to evaluate the state’s boards and commissions.

Task force recommendations include the elimination of nearly 450 bureaucratic appointments, the consolidation of boards and commissions that do duplicative work and the creation of overarching boards that can provide oversight on a number of issues. These recommendations will shrink the size of government, cut red tape and make it easier to do business in the state of Missouri.

"Government is too big, too slow, and works too poorly," said Governor Greitens. "With these recommendations, the task force took an important first step to shrink the size of government and make it work better for people."

The Governor signed executive order 17-11 during the 2017 legislative session in an effort to examine over 200 of the state’s boards and commissions. The committee of twelve members, comprised of legislators and outsiders, examined the purpose, necessity and cost-effectiveness of each board. The committee’s task was to find opportunities to eliminate, consolidate and modify the size, structure and mission of such boards and commissions with an ultimate goal of reducing the size of government and any unnecessary barriers to doing business in the state.

The report can be found here: