Panel aims to increase efficiency

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:48 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri task force will meet Thursday to examine options for increasing government efficiency.

Members of the state government’s review commission, appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt, drafted more than 100 preliminary proposals that would reorganize and expand some state departments.

The task force wants to examine MU’s faculty health care and retirement plans. It is considering merging higher education health and retirement administration with the state’s system after a one-year “feasibility study.”

The task force also recommends moving Medicaid from the Department of Social Services to the Department of Health and Senior Services.

The proposals come from public testimony, said Warren Erdman, co-chair of the commission.

Erdman said the purpose of the commission is not to cut the budget but to reform state government and make it more efficient.

Recommendations in the report will be delivered to the governor and the General Assembly at the end of the year.

The task force is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. Thursday at Columbia’s Holiday Inn Executive Center.

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