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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 30, 2012
Jerry Brown starts clock on sweeping government overhaul

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 080811 Jerry Brown.JPGA three-month countdown started today on Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to downsize state government.

The administration delivered an eight-page proposal to the Little Hoover Commission that would, among other things, reduce the number of state agencies from 12 to 10, consolidate some departments and eliminate others.

"The state's bureaucracy is a labyrinth of disjointed boards, commissions, agencies and departments," said Brown said in a press release this afternoon. "This common sense plan makes government more efficient, responsive and coordinated and will ultimately save taxpayer dollars."

Brown made the sweeping changes part of his state budget draft in January. Now Little Hoover has 30 days to review the plan and issue recommendations to the Governor and Legislature. The plan goes into effect unless a majority in either the Assembly or the Senate reject it within 60 days of receiving the commission's report.

Click here for the governor's letter to The Little Hoover Commission and summary of the consolidation plan. You can see the reorganization plan delivered to the commission by clicking the link below.

Jerry Brown's government reorganization plan

Jerry Brown's budget eliminates 3,000 state jobs, axes agencies
See Jerry Brown's California government streamlining plans

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown / Sacramento Bee 2011 file, Hector Amezcua

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