Letter: How to shrink government
When Gary Johnson was governor of New Mexico for two terms, after 10 years as an entrepreneur, he reduced New Mexico’s state government employment, by letting retirees and those who quit for one reason or another go, with well wishes. The vacancies created were filled by transferring other state employees into their slots. Lower down employees’ slots were left vacant, as not really needed.
This action, coupled with selective veto of taxation and spending legislation, reduced state expenditures by quite a bit, especially when very few of those vetoes were overridden by the state Legislature. He left New Mexico with a $1 billion surplus in the state coffers.
Too bad New Hampshire and the U.S. government don’t follow this premise. If a state or federal employee can find work or create work in the private sector, give him or her a glad farewell, and be glad you can start to reduce government employment.
HOWARD L. WILSON
(The writer is vice chairman of the New Hampshire Libertarian Party.)