Arkansas governor details plan to shuffle state agencies

Hutchinson is proposing cutting the number of departments answering directly to him from 42 to 15.

Associated Press

Arkansas' governor on Wednesday called for a reorganization of state government that would cut the number of departments that answer directly to him from 42 to 15.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who is seeking re-election next month, said he planned to bring the reorganization proposal before the Legislature next year if he wins another term. He said no state employees would lose jobs through the reorganization, which he said would help make Arkansas' operations more efficient.

"This transformation will be done using existing resources and without increasing staffing levels," Hutchinson said at a news conference. "It improves the delivery of services to Arkansas taxpayers by breaking down silos within state government and by combining agencies in a way that will allow for increased coordination within similar programs of the agencies." Read more.

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