Gov. Tom Corbett finally announced his "Advisory Council on Privatization and Innovation" that had been promised for formation this summer or fall, and there's some familiar names on the 24-member list.
The panel, which unlike his other commissions will not sunset, is directed "to explore if any functions now performed by state government might be better and more cost-effectively performed by the private sector," according to a news release.
Some high-profile members will be major GOP fundraiser Bob Asher, Allegheny County GOP chairman/former county executve Jim Roddey, and former congresswoman and state senator Melissa Hart.
Other westerners on the list include Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney CEO Jack Barbour, University of Pittsburgh Executive Vice Chancellor Jerome Cochran, and Jones Day attorney Laura Ellswoth (who co-chaired Corbett's inaugural committee with Asher and was appointed by Corbett to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts). Also Dennis Yablonsky of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
The full list, from the administration press release, is after the jump:
Robert B. Asher, Gwynedd Valley
John A. Barbour (chair), Mars
Matthew J. Brouillette, Hershey
Peter N. Calcara, Mechanicsburg
Jerome Cochran, Pittsburgh
Laura E. Ellsworth, Sewickley
Gerald E. Feldman, Bradford Woods
Varsovia Fernandez, Ardmore
Charlie Gerow, Mechanicsburg
William P. Hankowsky, Philadelphia
Mark Hanna, Venetia
Melissa A. Hart, Bradford Woods
Raymond W. Hoover, Camp Hill
Richard G. Jewell, Grove City
James E. McErlane, Malvern
J. Paul McMillen, Camp Hill
John D. Moran Jr., Lewisburg
Jonathan H. Newman, Bryn Mawr
James C. Roddey, Oakmont
Sue Schick, Merion Station
Andrew J. Sordoni III, Forty Fort
Robert S. Walker, Lititz
Joseph P. Watkins, Philadelphia
Dennis Yablonsky, Presto