Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Government reform bills killed in committee

Tuesday, two government reform measures sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp died in the Legislative Council Committee.

Senate Bill 11-041, a “Blueprint for a Leaner Government,” would have created a legislative task force to identify cost savings by targeting redundancies, waste, fraud and abuse in government.

“It’s unfortunate that during one of the worst economic recessions we’ve faced, a bill to limit the cost, size and complexity of government would die on a party-line vote,” said Senator Kopp. “This bill would have given the legislature the tools needed to actually enact the government reform policies we’ve talked about for so many years. I am deeply disappointed that business-as-usual will continue in our budgeting and spending practices at the Capitol.”

On a near party-line vote the Legislative Council Committee also voted to kill Senate Bill 11-167, a bill designed to drive down compliance costs for businesses in order to create a more job-friendly environment in the state.

“This bill would have created a roadmap to building a stronger economy in Colorado by thoroughly evaluating our state’s regulatory policies,” said Kopp. “By continuing to ignore the burdensome compliance costs businesses face, we are creating more obstacles for job creation in Colorado.”

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