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Hulshof Proposes to End Fee Office Patronage System

March 13th, 2008 by mopns · No Comments

Columbia, Mo. – Kenny Hulshof has unveiled a proposal to end Missouri’s fee office patronage system. It would eliminate the old, and usually controversial, system of awarding offices to political supporters. The old system has been used by governors in both parties for decades.

In its place would be a new, transparent system that focuses on customer service, performance and accountability.

“These offices should be awarded in the same manner as every other government contract – in an open and objective way,” Hulshof said. “Customer service should be the top consideration when determining who runs these offices, not who offers the most political support.”

Under his proposal, Hulshof would require that every fee office be open for bid. An objective points system to rate each bid would be established by the Department of Revenue and Office of Administration. Points would be based upon charitable considerations, customer service initiatives, past performance where appropriate, and personnel qualifications.

Existing fee office agents would be welcome to submit a proposal to continue operation of their office. Charities and minority-owned businesses would be encouraged to submit proposals.

Every proposal would be subject to public scrutiny.

“Instead of looking at contribution reports, we would look at performance and business plans when awarding these offices,” Hulshof stated. “An open, competitive bid system will result in better customer service, taxpayer savings and more confidence in the system.”

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  • 1 F. Rodney // Mar 13, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    A great idea, and long overdue, but it sounds a lot like a bill filed by Sen. Engler.

  • 2 maximusbevo // Mar 13, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Actually the original architect of the idea of reforming state license offices was Rep. Mark Wright (R-Springfield). He filed a bill in 2006 to fix the problem.

    When Rep. Wright ran for State Auditor in 2006 he made it a major part of his platform. He was castigated publically by Governor Blunt and high party officials as a traitor to the Republican Party for proposing the reform idea.

    I find it ironic that Rep. Wright was referred by the media then as a “maverick,” “reformer,” and a “independent thinker.”

    I wonder how Blunt and all those high ranking party officials will react to Wright’s proposal under the ” Hulsof for Governor” banner?

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