Emmer would chop out more than half of state’s 22 agencies

One little-reported part of Rep. Tom Emmer’s plan if elected governor is to trim the existing 22 state agencies under the governor to a half-dozen or eight.

The Republican candidate often says that the Human Services and Health departments both mostly deal with health issues, so there is no need for two agencies. Similar logic could bring the Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources together, he said.

Regulations are troublesome to Emmer, although candidates Tom Horner of the Independence Party and Democrat Mark Dayton also say they want to work on making regulations less burdensome.

Emmer said that too many people tell him: “I feel I have to ask permission from government to do anything.”

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