Have you ever had a confrontation with your homeowner's association, or tried to transfer a title at Motor Vehicles, maybe mailed something a bit odd sized at the post office or--god forbid--been audited by the IRS? Then you know that the natural tendency of government...and the people who are empowered by government--is to assert ever more control on the people it "serves."
Keep that in mind when I mention that I recently ran into Bill Mundell. Bill and served in the House together in the 1990s and let's just say that Bill wasn't a champion of smaller government. Bill and I also worked together when he was on the Corporation Commission and then after he was termed out, Governor Brewer appointed him to be the Director of the Registrar of Contractors.
He's been there a couple of years and I asked him how it was going--and I have to admit that the answer surprised me. Did you know that there's a license available for mirror hangers? Well, not anymore. And that bathroom fixture refinishing license? That one's gone too. He actually got rid of 30 classifications In fact, Mundell combined or eliminated enough licenses that the total number went from 238 to 106.
He also lowered the fees, removed requirements for multiple licenses and created a process that allows the Department to waive the Trade Examinations for out of state contractors who have already passed similar exams.
I asked him to write a summary of the changes that he has made and he sent me this summary.
Wouldn't it be great if the rest of government got smaller, cheaper and easier?