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George P. Bush Explains the General Land Office Shake-up

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has spearheaded a 'reboot' of the state's General Land Office.
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Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has spearheaded a 'reboot' of the state's General Land Office.

From Texas Standard:

Just shy of his first year in office, Texas Land Commissioner  George P. Bush has certainly made good on one important campaign promise – giving the  General Land Office (GLO) a reboot. 

The oldest state agency has undergone major staff changes, a website overhaul, and negotiations over how the Alamo will be managed.But not all of the news has been upbeat: Bush has gotten pushback from a former state official, and he's been criticized by some in the media for taking too much time away from work to campaign for his dad, Presidential nominee and former Florida governor  Jeb Bush.

He calls the GLO "the most important state office that Texans don't know about" and says the changeover in these positions has to do with following through on a campaign promise of fiscal conservatism, rather than reflecting his view of his predecessor.

"I don't have time, frankly, to deal with commentary, whether it's from my predecessor or from my critics," he says.

Bush says there were millions of dollars of bonuses awarded over several years, so he wants to "take it in a different direction."

"Many of our employees are paid well above the average American family and above the average salaries that you'll see here in the Capitol," he says. "We're going to try our best to make it more objective, more fair, based about not your relationships, but based upon what you bring to the table."

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