Reinventing State Government for the 21st Century
With a focus on creating better government, more economic prosperity and stronger communities, I joined state Reps. Seth Grove (R-York), Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland), Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset), Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne), Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) and Justin Walsh (R-Westmoreland) to unveil legislation to do what’s best for Pennsylvania by bringing sweeping changes to streamline and improve state government.

This package of bills moves to modernize our agencies in a continuance of House Republicans’ efforts to restructure government. The end result of these mergers would be an easier-to-navigate government that truly works for the people. It would also remove numerous obsolete state boards or commissions that were never repealed.

Click here for the current structure of the Pennsylvania state government.

A bill by Rep. Grove would merge the Budget Office, the Department of General Services, the Office of Administration and the Governor’s Office of Policy and Planning into one agency called the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Click here to view the proposed OMB structure.

Under a separate bill by Rep. Ryan, the Department of Labor and Industry would be merged with functions from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and Department of State to create the new Department of Business, Tourism and Workforce Development (DBTWD). Click here to view the proposed DBTWD structure.

Rep. Dowling’s bill would create the Department of Local Government and Community Affairs (DLGCA), which would be comprised of powers and authorities from DCED and the Department of State. Click here to view the proposed DLGCA structure.

Legislation authored by Rep. Bloom would unify the Department of Health with the Department of Human Services to create the realigned Department of Health and Human Services.

Click here for more information about this plan to create better government that would more effective serve its citizens.

Please watch the video below for my comments on the package of bills.