While visiting The Caledonian-Record last week, Vermont Democratic Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz made some very sensible remarks about state officialdom.

She questions why her office is regulating security officers. It could be done more meaningfully through the Department of Public Safety, according to the Secretary of State.

As far as cosmetologists are concerned, Secretary Markowitz asks: "Why should my office be regulating them? Is there not more of a health concern involving chemicals and the like." She suggests perhaps the Department of Health would be a better venue for regulating these professionals.

Indeed, Markowitz says the state "does a lot of things that just don & #039;t make sense. In a bureaucracy, we often do things because the statute says so. We don & #039;t stop to ask Ôdoes the statute make sense. & #039;"

Lawmakers should stop to ask that question because Markowitz is right.

Given the state & #039;s fiscal situation, we hope legislators of both parties will realize that she is right - and take some long overdue steps to cut over-regulation.


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