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Reagan Picks Privatization Commission

September 03, 1987|Associated Press

SANTA BARBARA — President Reagan today named a 13-member commission, headed by University of Illinois political economist David Linowes, to push his controversial campaign to transfer some government programs and functions to private business.

Linowes was introduced to reporters who accompanied the President to California for Reagan's summer vacation.

Linowes said, "I start from scratch" and will travel to Washington to get started on his assignment next Tuesday.

Among others named to the bipartisan commission were Melvin R. Laird, former secretary of defense; James T. McIntyre Jr., a former director of the Office of Management and Budget; Walter B. Wriston, a former chairman and chief executive of Citicorp, and Walter Bish, president of the Independent Steelworkers Union.

Reagan presented a variety of privatization proposals in his fiscal 1988 budget, including selling the Northeast Corridor of Amtrak rail passenger service, some naval petroleum reserves and the Bonneville Power Administration.

However, Congress ignored the proposals in fashioning a budget for fiscal 1988, which begins Oct. 1.

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