Governor Matt Blunt’s Missouri State Reform Commission has begun its task of overhauling Missouri government. It’s only the third time that a reform of this kind has taken place in Missouri. The first was was in 1945, the second in 1974. The Governor wants the panel to come up with ideas to improve productivity and efficiency, and realizes the Commission will probably go along with his call for the elimination of some state government positions. The Commission’s report is due a year from now. Members say they’ll hear from the public over the next few months, consider what’s been presented, and they hope to issue their final report to the Governor by year’s end.