I remember when I first worked in Washington, D.C. for a congressional committee almost eight years ago. It was the Committee on Government Reform. It was easy to crack jokes about government and reform. People would ask “Isn’t that an oxymoron?” and it would be easy to laugh. In recent years it has been that particular committee that has had some doozies when it come to “government reform” including looking into steroids in baseball. How do steroids in baseball coincide with government reform? You’ve got me. But since my days working for the committee, I’ve tried to keep an eye out for how government works to reform itself. In Indiana, it has taken drastic steps.
In an effort to cut costs, streamline government and more importantly, save tax payer dollars in a struggling economy, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has taken bold initiative in his agenda this year, that would eliminate township government, make several of the county elected positions appointed, call for a single elected county executive instead of three county commissioners (that currently act a legislative and executive body) as well as many other moves meant to streamline local government.
Why such broad sweeping changes?