McTigue Named to Virginia Commission

Posted: May 18, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: May 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

The following is adapted from the Mercatus Center web site

The Hon. Maurice McTigue, vice president and distinguished visiting scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, was named to Gov. Robert McDonnell’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring.

A seasoned expert on government reform, McTigue brings practical experience and scholarly research to the table from his distinguished career as a former cabinet minister and member of parliament in his native New Zealand and his decade-long tenure at the Mercatus Center.

Holding seven different ministerial portfolios during his nine years in the New Zealand parliament, McTigue was one of the architects of the “New Zealand miracle,” which dramatically reformed the country’s government and economy by implementing market-driven, pro-growth policies.

Recently, McTigue and the Mercatus Center served as special advisors to Louisiana’s Commission on Streamlining Government.

“The governor is wise to subject the functions of Virginia’s government to critical scrutiny,” says Tyler Cowen, Mason professor of economics and general director of the Mercatus Center.

“Maurice brings decades of experience and research in all aspects of government reform, as well as the expertise of one of Virginia’s leading universities.”

The Mercatus Center is a university-based research center focused on the economics of public policy issues. McTigue is director of the center’s Government Accountability Project and a member of its Spending and Budget Initiative and State and Local Policy Project.

A farmer by trade, McTigue served in New Zealand’s parliament from 1985 to 1993 before becoming his country’s ambassador to Canada.

In 1997, he joined the Mercatus Center, where he has advised the Office of Management and Budget and most federal agencies in the Clinton and Bush administrations, and consulted with legislators and governors in more than 20 states.

McDonnell directed the Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring to provide recommendations by Dec. 1, 2010, on streamlining and restructuring Virginia’s government.

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