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Lawmakers Must Take-Away Appointments by the Governor

13 February 2009 at 11:56:25 AM

Appointments make the Governor more powerful.
Every year they try to modify the Texas Constitution in some ways, so why don't legislators attempt to take-away some of the appointment powers of the governor?
Most Texans don't know it, but the state constitution was developed by our founders to make certain government does NOT get too big and powerful. Consequently, the position of governor supposedly is one of the weaker positions in state government. So, why do some people want the job so badly?  Perhaps the most significant formal power the governor has is that of appointment.
The governor may have the opportunity to appoint as many as 4000 people during his term. The governor may pay the appointee a maximum salary of $190,000 [approx.] .  This will be the governor's way of leaving his/her mark on Texas during the current term and even after the governor is long gone from office. Many of the people the governor appoints to state boards have six-year terms. Since the governor's term is four years, people that have the same mind-set as he does will be in office for at least the beginning of the next administration.
Many of the appointed positions selected by the governor have changed in importance over time and some positions have been added. Many appointees appear to be outright "conflict of interests". 
The urgency of cutting down the number of appointments made by Gov. Rick Perry is evident when he permits his special interests and/or views to jeopardize the system from working as intended, which is to protect the people of Texas.  For instance, why should Perry be enabled to select the head of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) when the governor clearly and emphatically has publicly stated that he wants toll roads and a Trans-Texas Corridor that will connect a more easy access route between Mexico through Texas and eventually up into Canada?   Isn't that a concern and "conflict of interest" that should be investigated by the legislature and be modified to become a position elected by the people of Texas?
The same issue is noted regarding some of the urgent and crisis areas that include gubernatorial appointments to head various agencies, commissions and committees --- to name a few: 

o Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) re: auto, homeowners and health care insurances

o Commissioner of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

o Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) re: to maximize energy efficiency

o Texas Department of Water Resources

o Texas Department of Agriculture.

It should cause Texans alarm to see how Gov. Rick Perry is manipulating these areas in favor of his views, agendas and the demands by his special interest campaign contributors.

Isn't it time legislators modify the law governing state appointments?  It is clear that Texans are NOT being protected sufficiently by the current laws.

Since the legislature apparently will NOT do so on its own, once again it is up to the taxpaying voters to ensure that they and future generations are protected sufficiently from wealthy special interests and by governors like Rick Perry, who are "persuaded" by those interests of the wealthy minority against what truly is in the best interests of the Texas community at-large.


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1 - Anon   14 Feb 2009 @ 7:14:24 AM  Yeah and don't forget the worthless TCEQ and appointments to the RRC when one of the elected officials move on to greener pastures. The WP's need to flip the flush liver on most of these state agencies--or take them behind the wood shed and give them a "talking to" about quit wasting money and start helping the ordinary people.

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