I’ve always wondered – why do we need a Governor’s Council? What duties do they perform that could not be covered by other existing bodies? As far as I can tell: approval of gubernatorial appointments (including judges), prison pardons, and something about payments from the treasury. How much does this cost, in terms of salary, support staff, office space overhead, and pensions?
A few months ago I ran into a guy who was collecting signatures to run for that office. (I signed the form, but I forget his name.) He did agree with me that the office was a waste, but since it’s there, he was going for it.
Could this be a good time to abolish a (surely) leftover from centuries past? The money saved would not be significant, but the message to voters/taxpayers might be.