Reform 2.0 was the focus of the 2012 legislative session. We are proud of the successful work we’ve done to modernize government, making it more effective and affordable.
Government will never be able to live within its means with outdated, rigid public systems and entrenched bureaucracy. Our priorities over the legislative session instituted many reform initiatives that will help create a stronger private sector economy, raise student achievement, put more people in charge of their health care decisions, and reduce the cost of government.
We focused on three key reform areas. These included restoring confidence and growing the private sector economy, reforming education and health care, and reducing the cost of government.
Here’s how we did it:
Goal: Restore confidence and grow the economy
Republicans in the legislature traveled to dozens of cities and met with hundreds of business owners, local government leaders, and interested citizens to gather input on how to restore confidence and grow the private sector. We discussed the problems businesses face when dealing with government and drafted bills to alleviate these issues. The legislature passed, and the Governor signed three key pieces of legislation that will help meet this goal.
- Created a jobs advocate at the Department of Economic Development to help businesses navigate the complex permitting process. Business leaders need a liaison that will assist them in meeting permitting requirements.
- Streamlined environmental review and permitting to speed up the permitting process. Many businesses voiced concern over the cumbersome process.
- Allowed business to hire outside consultants to write and facilitate the permitting process while requiring state officials to identity permit deficiencies within 30 days.
Up next: Health care and education.