Governor Gregoire Issues Reform Ideas for Management of Environmental Resources

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Washington Governor Christine Gregoire has issued a set of ideas to reorganize and reform how the State manages natural resources and protects the environment. The document describes the suggestions as a "brainstormed list of ideas" to spark further discussion and critical thinking, and not as a blueprint for future reform efforts. However, the Governor's Natural Resources Subcabinet, which consists of 16 agency heads and members of the Governor's staff, put together the list and it provides insight into the state's thinking on natural resources and environmental regulation.

The 127-page document includes 26 ideas for reform and sets out the pros and cons for each. The ideas range from major structural reorganization (i.e., changing the number of agencies managing natural resources and environmental protection and shifting management responsibilities between them), to improving or enhancing existing programs.

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