McDonnell's reform commission recommends 133 proposals
Gov. Bob McDonnell's reform commission sent its final report to him Wednesday, recommending 133 proposals to shave money from the state budget while making government more user-friendly and efficient.
Proposals include: privatizing the state's liquor stores; encouraging the use of high-deductible health insurance plans; telecommuting; allowing employees to work 10-hour days four times a week; and encouraging Q-status, which provides an option for state employees to receive health benefits and retirement if they work a minimum of 32 hours a week.
The full report can be found here.
The commission did not release estimated financial savings for the recommendations.
McDonnell's staff previously released estimated savings for his proposal to privatize the state's liquor system, but has since abandoned that plan and will revise it. His staff also previously announced that the state could save $3.19 million by moving 25 agencies to four-day work weeks and closing hundreds of state-owned buildings.
On Wednesday, the only new estimate the staff released was an estimated $115.2 million in savings to reduce the overall budget by 2 percent.
McDonnell will review the recommendations in the coming weeks to determine which ones he will implement himself and which ones will require legislative action. "In this tough economy, it is essential to find ways to save time and money,'' he said.
| December 1, 2010; 5:43 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell
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