Executive Budget-Merger of State Entities

Date: 2012

Merger of State Entities

 

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT

 

Unshackle Upstate, a non-partisan, pro-taxpayer, pro-economic growth, education and advocacy coalition made up of business and trade organizations from all parts of Upstate New York, supports this Article VII bill.

 

This legislation proposes the following State entity mergers:  

  • Merging the Division of the Lottery and the Racing and Wagering Board into the new New York State Gaming Commission
  • Merging the Department of Civil Service and the Office of Employee Relations into the new Department of Workforce Management
  • Transferring the operation and management of the Belleayre Mountain ski center from the Department of Environmental Conservation to the Olympic Regional Development Authority
  • Eliminating and/or merging of a number of state boards and commissions, which according to the New York State Division of the Budget will “foster more efficient government.”

 

Unshackle Upstate has long-supported initiatives that will streamline and “rightsize” state government.  Last year our organization supported the Executive Reorganization Act of 2011 and the various state agency mergers and consolidations that occurred.  Furthermore, we support the continued work of the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission, and we remain hopeful that the Commission’s work will continue and highlight additional areas for savings and reform.    

 

State government remains too big and too costly.  Efforts such as this one to eliminate and consolidate state agencies are critical in order to eliminate waste and inefficiency in state government.

 

We believe that this proposal is a necessary component of the overall state budget.  We encourage the Legislature to work with Executive to ensure that this proposal is a part of the 2012-13 Enacted State Budget. 

 

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