With the end of the legislative session in sight, one really bad idea seems to have gone away. Governor Gregoire’s proposal to save money by combining the Washington State Historical Society with the Eastern Washington Historical Society appears to be dead (for the time being).
On the surface, combining state agencies always appears cost-effective – two bureaucracies are rolled into one and thus numerous budget lines eliminated or pared. But state employees are resistant to such paring, and new costs would be added (in this case) because of the distance between Spokane and Olympia and Tacoma.
More important, the Eastern Washington Historical Society has a special mission appropriate to Eastern Washington. And both of these state agencies are headed by great directors who have proposed significant budget cuts within their separate structures.
If it ain’t broken…