McDonnell's jobs commission spurs complaints
With more than 60 members, Gov. Bob McDonnell likes to joke that his jobs commission is the biggest commission in Virginia government history. But it may not be big enough.
Ever since the Governor's Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission formed in April, people have complained that McDonnell left out representatives of key interests groups that should have been included.
There was no one from the health-care industry. No local elected officials. No small retailers.
Instead of adding members to the commission, which includes Cabinet secretaries, legislators and a variety of influential business leaders, the panel's chairmen, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (the state's chief jobs creation officer) and Bob Sledd (the governor's senior economic adviser), are forming small advisory groups.
A health-care task force consisting of six hospital CEOs and Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association officials met for the first time Thursday. A retailers group met Wednesday. And a representative from the governor's office went to the Virginia Municipal League's most recent meeting to reach out to local elected officials.
"We're trying hard to be inclusive,'' said Randy Marcus, Bolling's chief of staff. "All the stakeholders will be part of the process."
The commission, which McDonnell created through Executive Order Number One on Inauguration Day, will send its recommendations to McDonnell by Oct. 16.
July 2, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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