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Local Lawmakers and Thinkers Named to Va. Reform Panel

by ARLnow.com | May 11, 2010 at 8:00 am | 644 views | 2 Comments

Governor Robert McDonnell has appointed two Arlington lawmakers to his government reform panel.

State Delegate Bob Brink and state Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, both Democrats, will join 29 other appointees on the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring.

“The Commission members will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the state’s agencies, programs, and services to find out how we can make our state government work better for its owners, the people of Virginia,” Gov. McDonnell said while announcing his selections for the panel. “I look forward to working with these reform-minded leaders to examine how Virginia can better serve the taxpayers.”

In addition to Del. Brink and Sen. Whipple, several top government reform thinkers who live or work in Arlington were appointed to the commission.

One appointee, Bill Eggers, is a government reform expert, a global director for Deloitte Research and the brother of author Dave Eggers.

Maurice P. McTigue, a distinguished visiting scholar at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, and Geoffrey Segal, director of privatization and  government reform at the Reason Foundation, were also named to the governor’s commission.

Commission members will hold their first meeting next month.

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  • disappointed

    Sad day for Virginia when someone with Fred Malek’s history is chosen to lead a reform panel. Some may argue that one act during the Nixon administration should not taint his career but a person who condoned injustice should not be leading this charge.

  • Thes

    This Commission looks like a who’s who of conservative reactionaries plus a tiny number of Democrats to make it seem “balanced.” If they work by consensus, perhaps it could lead to something, but if they take votes, it’s a lost cause from the start.

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