THE RESTRUCTURING CONTINUES: MALLOY TO CUT STATE AGENCIES BY 30%; WILL STREAMLINE STATE SERVICES

In a massive restructuring of state services, Gov. Dannel Malloy is proposing to cut the number of state agencies by 30 percent, from 81 to 57. The proposal is to be one of the key components of his state budget plan which Malloy will unveil Wednesday when he addresses the General Assembly for the first time. The agency consolidation plan would keep the major, “big ticket” agencies, such as the Departments of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Transportation, but would merge smaller agencies.

The plan would merge the Offices of Consumer Counsel, Healthcare Advocate, Division of Special Revenue, and Board of Accountancy into the Department of Consumer Protection; and merge the Office of Workforce Competitiveness into the Department of Economic and Community Development.

It’s not clear whether there will be any job losses. Malloy budget chief Benjamin Barnes told the AP the administration is leaving possible job cuts “to the discretion of the commissioners who will be taking over.”

The move saves relatively little money—$10 million in the first year, not including the previously announced higher education mergers—when one considers the budget deficit stands at near $4 billion. “It isn’t a lot of money,” Barnes said told the Associated Press. “What we hope to get are improved operations and the ability to generate significantly more efficiencies over time.”

Malloy senior communications advisor Roy Occhiogrosso tells the AP the governor has said all along he would remake state government in Connecticut, “He fundamentally believes that there are parts of government that don’t work well, there are parts of government that don’t work at all and the government needs to be modernized,” he said.