Starting tonight, Governor Bob McDonnell's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring will criss-cross the commonwealth hosting a series of Town Hall meetings (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog) seeking citizen input on key issues of government reform and cost savings. It kicked off the series in early May in Richmond (see transcript from Richmond Times-Dispatch) and had its second in McLean last week at the Capital One HQ. Tonight the road show continues at Christopher Newport University and goes full tilt through the 19th. After it completes its report, the governor will hold his own series of town halls in August.

We encourage you to attend and offer ideas on how government can be streamlined, cut back, made more efficient or, where appropriate, eliminated altogether. Please take advantage of your own experiences to offer the commission thoughts, comments and ideas on how to save your fellow Virginia families their precious hard-earned tax dollars. After all, we taxpayers are the bosses and it's good to see state government — our employees — seeking our advice on reducing the size and scope of government, which in turn expands our freedoms. As believers of limited government, and witnesses to the utter failure of the age of government-as-savior, it's our opportunity duty to put our imprint on the function of the people and institutions that serve us. Don't let it pass you by.

Government Reform and Restructuring Commission Town Hall Schedule

» July 13, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Christopher Newport University, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Music & Theater Hall, 1 University Place, Newport News

» July 14, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Augusta County Government Center, Board Meeting Room, 18 Government Center Lane, Verona

» July 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Grand Hall, One Partnership Circle, Abingdon

» July 16, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Southside Planning District Office, 200 South Mecklenburg Avenue, South Hill

» July 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Sandler Performing Arts Center, 201 Market Street, Virginia Beach