Douglas Aims To Cut 55 Boards And Commissions

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Gov. Jim Douglas wants to abolish 55 state boards and commissions, saying it would save the state nearly $700,000.

Hoping to chip away at a projected $150 million shortfall in the state’s 2011 budget, Douglas says some of the panels have been inactive for years or have overlapping functions. The Republican governor, who says he knows the proposal will encounter opposition, wants to abolish 45 with law changes and he wants six others modified or consolidated.

One of the boards being targeted by the governor is the Motorcycle Rider Training Program Advisory Committee.

Douglas has already issued executive orders abolishing 10.

State director of budget operations Otto Trautz briefed lawmakers about the proposal Tuesday in Montpelier.

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