An executive order should be issued directing all state
agencies with regulatory functions to identify opportunities for privatization
wherever feasible. For example, state environmental laboratories could be
closed and their work competitively contracted to competent private firms.[*]
In addition, some states create a list of private firms
approved to prepare and review environmental permit applications to ensure that
the applicant meets or exceeds all state and federal regulatory requirements.
State officials would still maintain final decision-making authority.
Privatization of permitting functions would shorten permit review periods, save
the state money and provide state officials the flexibility to adapt to changes
in future workloads without hiring or laying off employees.
[*] Also see https://www.mackinac.org/6911.