Gov. Rick Perry today received recommendations from the Task Force on Unfunded Mandates, which he appointed in February to identify burdensome, unfunded mandates that have been passed down from the state to local governments. The governor's office will review the report and work with lawmakers and state agencies to determine which recommendations should be implemented.
"I sincerely thank the members of this task force for their time and efforts, and I look forward to reviewing the task force's recommendations," Gov. Perry said. "Texas must remain vigilant in the effort to streamline government operations and ensure the most prudent use of taxpayer dollars."
Comprised of nine local government officials from across the state, the task force identified mandates in areas including education, public safety, transportation, jails, public health, retirement systems, human resources, public information, state judiciary, environmental regulation, licensing and elections.
The governor is committed to continuing to work with lawmakers and local officials across the state to reduce unfunded mandates, and identify additional steps to ensure that government is running as freely and efficiently as possible.