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McDonnell signs first two executive orders: jobs, government reform

Rosalind Helderman

As his first act in office, Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed two executive orders. The first designates Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to serve as Virginia's Chief Job Creation Officer and creates a Job Creation Commission, a council that will include Bolling, the state's commerce secretary and 50 citizens representing a cross section of Virginia industry.

The second order creates a "Governor's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring," composed of 20 citizens who will write a report by July 16 suggesting ways to streamline government and make it more efficient. The order notes that three members of the Virginia House of Delegates and two members of the Virginia Senate will be invited to serve as commission members as well.

The orders represent a departure from the previous governor. Democrat Timothy M. Kaine's first executive order banned discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation, from the state workforce.

"It's entirely appropriate to stress job expansion, but it's puzzling why [McDonnell] wouldn't make nondiscrimination a top priority," said Del. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria), the legislature's only openly gay member.

McDonnell had said during the campaign that he would not renew former Gov. Tim Kaine's order on discrimination because he believed it overstepped the bounds of executive authority, but that he would ensure no discrimination took place in his government's hiring.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 16, 2010; 3:21 PM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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No comment on this lack-luster performance. Still it's early days and McConnell never really promised to do anything as governor so Virginia voters can hardly color themselves disappointed. Starting a commission sounds like the action of a hands-off driver.

Chris Brown in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | January 16, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

you gay people need to sit down and wait your turn...there are more important problems to be addressed....

jesus christ, you think the sun rises and sets on just your problems?

you make me sick with your selfish complaining of 'me first, me first'.

drop dead already.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | January 16, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Bob McDonnell needs to forge ahead in tapping the oil and gas reserves off the coast as he indicated during his campaign. The state can create jobs and a future for Virginia and still be environmentally sound in their approach.
At last a breath of fresh faces not beholding to the liberal socialist obama.

Posted by: spiris333 | January 16, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

The reason McDonnell is focusing on job creation first instead of making the homosexuals feel good about themselves which seem to be an obvious problem in their culture, is because the country is in a depression caused by the policies of Obammy because he is focused on stupid crap like making homo's feel good and never actually accomplishes anything.

Posted by: FireEater1 | January 17, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Wow, he'd been in office all of 4 hours before someone attacked him for his "lack-luster performance".

The question people should be asking isn't Ebbins stupid "why didn't he sign a nondiscrimination order", when the law of the land is already non-discrimination, and surely after 8 years of Democrats running the executive branch, there can't be any more discrimination there (ok, that's a bit of sarcasm, because nobody ever expects problems to be SOLVED by Democrats, only "managed").

The real question is why there isn't already a jobs commission, given how many jobs we have lost in the past year. I know Tim Kaine was busy with his DNC job, but just because he had two jobs he did half-well doesn't mean the state couldn't have used just a little focus from him on ways to stem job losses in the face of the Obama administration's attacks on small businesses.

It will also be a bit embarrassing if, after 8 years of Democrat Governorships promising to cut all the waste out of government, a citizen panel can find significant waste in the next 6 months. But I fully expect they will -- after all, Douglas Wilder ran a commission which found plenty of waste, most of which wasn't ever addressed.

Now, we have to dig ourselves out of the mess we have been left in by 3 years of Democratic rule in Washington, and the inability of the last administration to come close to getting a budget correct.

Hopefully, we can find the money to re-open a few rest stops.

Posted by: charlesinva | January 18, 2010 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Some of the comments on this board are a prime example of why gay workers have to be concerned about discrimination.

Posted by: valandsend | January 19, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

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