With the support of the state legislature, Gov. Mike Parson moved forward with a fundamental restructuring of state government designed to streamline operations and increase efficiency. The governor had stated it was his intent to restructure state government during his annual State of the State Address in January.
The day the governor made the announcement about the more efficient government system, he said, “To move our state in the right direction, we had to roll up our sleeves and get to work, and that’s what this day represents. Today, we celebrate this historic moment for our state, our government, and most importantly, our citizens.”
The bulk of the reorganization took place in the Missouri Department of Economic Development, which saw several of its divisions moved to other state agencies in an effort to create a more focused economic development strategy and be more competitive with neighboring states. The department previously had more employees than any of its Midwest competitors. Now its 865 employees have been reduced down to 177. The director of the department said, “We’re going to be laser-focused and streamlined.”
Other components of the reorganization include:
· The Division of Workforce Development and the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center moving to the newly named Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (formerly the Department of Higher Education) to establish a single state resource for all postsecondary education options.
· The Division of Energy moving to the Department of Natural Resources.
· The Office of Public Counsel (OPC) and the Public Service Commission (PSC) relocating to the newly named Department of Commerce and Insurance (formerly the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions, and Professional Registration).
· The Missouri Arts Council moving to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
The governor’s office said the restructuring will better align certain functions of state government, and the changes will streamline operations, increase efficiency, and improve customer service to all Missourians.
As always, it is an honor to serve you.
Allen Andrews, State Representative - District 1, Missouri State Capitol, 201 West Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO 65101. Telephone: 573-751-9465.
Allen Andrews is the First District State Representative.