As I tweeted out on Friday (@JohnDBaker1) the Governor announced the creation of the “Delaware Expenditure Review Committee.” The committee is led by Fred Sears of the Delaware Community Foundation, and will review state government for opportunities to create efficiencies and provide services in a more cost-effective manner. This new group complements the work of the Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) on revenues and their report published in May.
The work of this group, along with that of DEFAC, JFC, Business Roundtable, and other projects, will be important in informing the work of the Nonprofit Sector’s initiative “Delaware Revenue Solutions Working Group” which is hosting a public forum on October 20th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Read more about it at this link to register and save your seat for this important nonprofit sector initiative.
Fred Sears, Chairperson of the Governor’s Expenditure Review Committee, had this to say about the newly created Committee: “This is not going to be easy, but I think the Governor and legislative leaders have appointed a good team that is prepared to go to work."
Joint Finance Committee (JFC) Co-Chair, Melanie George Smith said: “The JFC has made it a top priority to examine our budget for areas where we can save the taxpayers money while improving outcomes for everyone who relies on government services. The JFC welcomes the input, time and ideas of our friends and colleagues in the private sector, and looks forward to working together.”
The Committee, a bipartisan group of government and private sector leaders, includes:
- Chairperson Fred Sears – Delaware Community Foundation, appointed by the Speaker of the House and designated as Chairperson by the Co-Chairs of the JFC
- Fred Cottrell – Richards, Layton & Finger, appointed by the Senate Minority Leader
- Rick Gessner – Capital One, representing the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
- Dennis Greenhouse – Former County Executive and State Auditor
- The Hon,. Joshua Martin – Chairperson of DEFAC; Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
- Robert McMurray – Christiana Care Health System, representing the Delaware Business Roundtable
- Mike Morton – Controller General
- Ed Ratledge – Chaiperson of DEFAC’s Subcommittee on Expenditures; University of Delaware
- Jack Riddle – Community Bank, appointed by the House Minority Leader
- Jeff Taschner – DSEA, appointed by the Senate President Pro Tempore
- Ann Visalli – Director of the Office of Management and Budget
- Lincoln Willis – Former State Rep.; Willis Chevrolet
Recent important community voices in the News Journal’s editorial pages: