Saturday, June 18, 2011

Blast from the past: Snyder reorganizes Department of Labor, Energy, and Economic Growth

I was going through the archives of my Dreamwidth account and found a post from the week before I started this blog that fits in perfectly here.  Without any further ado, here it is.

Original at Hysterical Raisins.

And now, some related news.

Detroit News: Snyder reorganizes energy, labor department, gives it new name
Lansing— Gov. Rick Snyder today announced a major reorganization of the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth that will include a new name — the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

"By consolidating its core functions under one roof and transferring responsibilities that were not compatible to the appropriate agencies, this streamlined department is better positioned to serve its customers while significantly contributing to our overall goal of fostering economic success," Snyder said.
"Its customers" not "the citizens" or even "the taxpayers." Well, it looks like the Tough Nerd is serious about running Michigan like a business. Too bad a state government isn't a business.

So, what did Snyder do with the functions you think are not compatible with the core purpose of the new department, particularly my favorite, energy?

Also moving to the Strategic Fund are the department's energy functions, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Land Bank Fast Track, Snyder said in a news release.
I didn't find the news release, but I did find the executive orders. I'll quote those in a diary on Daily Kos and Michigan Liberal.
Abolished are the Automobile and Home Insurance Consumer Advocate and the position of chief energy officer, both created by Snyder's predecessor, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, in 2008.
I much preferred the old name--it was a recognition of the roles of labor and energy in economic growth. The new name and organizational chart deny these connections. Why, there is no longer a chief energy officer! Hey, folks, way to signal that Michigan no longer has an energy policy! *grump*

Originally posted as a comment on Daily Kos.

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