Panel created to trim agencies may get axed

Published 6:00 pm Saturday, April 6, 2013

ST. PAUL — How’s this for irony? A Minnesota commission created to determine which state agencies and boards are ripe for elimination is now on the chopping block.

A budget bill in the Democratic-led House would get rid of the Minnesota Sunset Advisory Commission. The panel was created two years ago when Republicans were in charge.

The commission met about a dozen times over the last couple of years and didn’t recommend cutting any government entities altogether. It did press for further reviews of some boards, including one that regulates combative sports like boxing and mixed martial arts.

The push to eliminate the Sunset Advisory Commission is in a broad budget bill that funds core government agencies.