Gov. Dannel Malloy’s plan to eliminate 25 state boards and commissions as a way to “shrink government” sure does sound fine and dandy.

After all, do we really need a “Board of Directors of the Lower Fairfield County Conference/Exhibit Authority?” (Although, eliminating that august body inevitably leads to questions about whether there was ever an “Upper Fairfield County Conference/Exhibit Authority” and if not, why not?)

Malloy noted that “the Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers National Heritage Corridor Advisory Committee completed its required mission over a decade ago but it’s still on our statute books.” And he pointed out that shorthand reporters are now required to pass a national examination, so there’s no real need for Connecticut’s “State Board of Examiners of Shorthand Reporters.”

So we’re going to shrink state government by getting rid of these useless, redundant (but interestingly named) boards and commissions. Probably save a whole bunch of taxpayer money, right?

Uh, not exactly.

According to Malloy’s deputy press secretary, David Bednarz, the “immediate cost-savings associated with eliminating the boards and commissions is minimal.”

But Bednarz says there will be savings at some point in terms of “staff time and similar resources that it takes to operate them.”

On the other hand, it’s kind of oddly cool having a “Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal Systems Advisory Board” around, and don’t you think every state needs a “Geospatial Systems Information Council” just in case those geospatial systems go a little wacky?

Here’s the complete list of all the panels and boards Malloy wants to chop:

•    Adult Literacy Leadership Board
•    Advisory Committee for the Center of Real Estate and Urban Studies (UConn)
•    Advisory Committee for William Benton Museum of Art
•    Bi-State Farmington River Watershed Advisory Committee
•    Board of Directors of the Lower Fairfield County Conference/Exhibit Authority
•    Child Daycare Council
•    Commission on Innovation and Productivity
•    Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal Systems Advisory Board
•    CT International Trade Council
•    CT Israel Exchange Commission
•    CT Progress Council
•    CT Public Transportation Commission
•    CT Risk Assessment Board
•    Geospatial Systems Information Council
•    HealthFirst Connecticut Authority
•    Housing Advisory Committee
•    Innovations Review Panel
•    Medical Inefficiency Committee
•    Nurturing Families Network Advisory Commission
•    Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers National Heritage Corridor Advisory Committee
•    Small Business Air Pollution Compliance Advisory Panel
•    Southwest Corridor Action
•    State Board of Examiners of Shorthand Reporters
•    Statewide Community Antenna Television Advisory Council
•    Student Financial Aid Information Council

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