"State government has
been allowed to grow beyond our current means and beyond the state's
needs," said Blagojevich. "Now that we're facing a historic budget
deficit, we have the opportunity to review the way government is
structured and make sure we are using tax dollars in the most
effective and efficient ways."
On March 31, the
governor signed the four executive orders that cut waste and
duplicative services within state government.
--Executive Order 9
moves the regulatory functions of the Liquor Control Board, Lottery
Board and Racing Board to the Department of Revenue, for a savings
of $2.1 million.
--Executive Order 10
consolidates facilities management, legal services and internal
auditing functions for several smaller agencies under the Department
of Central Management Services, for a savings of $24.5 million.
--Executive Order 11
moves the Prairie State 2000 jobs initiative and the job training
programs administered by the Community College Board and the
Department of Employment Security to the Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity, saving $16 million.
--Executive Order 12
moves the Department of Nuclear Safety to the Illinois Emergency
Management Agency, saving $700,000.