February 15, 2011
The state created the Sunset Advisory Commission more than 30 years ago as a way of ferreting out waste and inefficiency in state government. This essential service sends the Commission into various state agencies (periodically and as circumstances warrant) to review policies and programs and look for ways to improve operations and save money.
The Sunset process normally considers whether the agency it’s reviewing is actually needed. Well, there’s no question that we need the Sunset Commission – now more than ever. And we need to be sure it’s operating as well as possible, reviewing the things it needs to look at, and remaining above the political tides that might influence its work.
My bill would essentially require the Sunset Commission to go through the Sunset Review process – having the Comptroller review that agency using the same criteria that’s used to evaluate others. It would ensure that the Sunset Commission is operating as effectively as possible and doing all it can to fulfill its longstanding, still-vital mission.