Monday, October 24, 2005

More from Dr. K..

Make the Lt. Governor's office TRULY a co-governor's post. The office is extremely important from a constitutional standpoint of needing someone who can assume the duties of governor immediately, but in practice the office has been a waste of taxpayer's money. In the last 30 years, two sitting lieutenant governors have resigned, citing boredom or a better job prospect. Since the 1930s, only two lieutenant governors have taken over in state emergencies. I'd discuss overhauling the office every morning during breakfast with the governor. Reforms needed including having all the statewide officials (Governor, Attorney General, Auditor, Comptroller, and the Lt. Governor, etc.) having federal governor style cabinet meetings and giving the Lt. Governor a greater role to play in presiding over the legislature. Unlike the past Lt. Governors, I should be able to get along with the Governor very well and be a full partner in his addition.

I would suspect most people don't even understand why we need a Lt. Governor at all and some of us would argue that we don't need a Lt. Governor at all. The Vice-President is not a co-president so why should we have a Lt. Governor that is a co-governor? Do we need two governors? As for

Also I suspect you would want to be a full partner in his administration not addition (see the last line).

Reforms needed including having all the statewide officials (Governor, Attorney General, Auditor, Comptroller, and the Lt. Governor, etc.) having federal governor style cabinet meetings and giving the Lt. Governor a greater role to play in presiding over the legislature.

The state constitution in 1970 took away all the role the Lt. Governor had with the legislature, what do you propose a "greater role" is? State level cabinet meetings with the statewide elected officials would be interesting since they all have their own platforms and agendas since they are all elected on their own.

The office of Lt. Governor is so important that Article 5 section 7 of the state constitution states in part....
If the Lieutenant Governor fails to qualify or
if his office becomes vacant, it shall remain vacant until
the end of the term.


Yeah Co-Governor, that's the answer.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just had a strange thought.

If Blagojevich resigns, Pat Quinn becomes Governor...yikes! Maybe Lt. Gov is important to consider after all.

Anonymous said...

At least Pat won't need a State Police bodyguard to hold his hair brush.Heck, he'll probably still drive his own Pontiac.