Corn’s cabinet cut gets colleagues’ consent

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report

Published: 21-Apr-2010

State Senator Kenneth Corn of Poteau, a Democrat, won approval Tuesday for a measure to abolish the governor’s cabinet.

Corn successfully attached the language as an amendment to House Bill 3035, which was approved unanimously by the Senate.  Corn said the move would save approximately $2 million a year.

“The governor’s cabinet is an extra layer of bureaucracy with no real authority over any agencies,” Corn said. “It’s just people who provide advice to the governor, but it isn’t necessary — especially now when vital services are being cut throughout state government.”

Corn said even though most cabinet members serve dual posts, as often serving as agency directors, the additional responsibility of being a cabinet secretary entitles the m to a larger salary. Corn said he’s attempted to eliminate the cabinet for several years, but said he was encouraged by Tuesday’s vote securing Senate approval for the measure.

“The bill will have to go back to the House for approval of my amendment, but anyone who claims to support smaller government should be in favor of this language. My measure will make government smaller and enable us to save money that can be placed in other critical areas of government.”