From 42 Agencies to 15: How Arkansas Overhauled State Government Without Laying Anyone Off

Governing: All governors have lots of people who answer to them. Often, too many. When Asa Hutchinson took over as governor in Arkansas in 2015, he soon realized he had more departments than he could effectively oversee. He’s managed to slice that number substantially, without laying anyone off.

This year, the legislature approved a bill promoted by the governor to simplify the bureaucracy by dropping the number of cabinet agencies from an unmanageable 42 down to just 15. No programs were eliminated or functions canceled. It was an exercise in trying to get the flow chart flowing.

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