A Brighter Future Through Economic Policy
Several of the social reform programs we propose would not have incremental costs; indeed, they might prove to save money. Internships for Muggle-raised students, for example – taking on students who have taken their OWLs for a summer, could free up Ministry employees from simpler, time-consuming tasks appropriate for a beginner.
Elimination of Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures
Restructuring the relationship of Wizarding Britain to the various communities of sentient magical beings from one of regulation and control (which requires many regulators and controllers) to one of diplomacy and respect for the self-determination of those communities, would lower the manpower needs of the Ministry, especially in the long run. Those resources could be shifted to other projects.
Albus Dumbledore International Enchantment University
The Wizarding University we hope to establish in cooperation with Continental Wizarding governments would, initially, require an investment, though one that should pay out in the long run. The existence of a centralized place for advanced training in magic would allow us to shift some of the burden of advanced training for skilled professions including Aurors, Unspeakables, Healers, teachers, and more to the university. Cooperation with other governments would allow all who choose to participate to enjoy the benefits of increased economies of scale.
The one area of social reform we are proposing which will, without a doubt, cause a net expenditure of resources is that of dealing with the scourge of lycanthropy. Our proposals include confidential, voluntary distribution of Wolfsbane Potion to all affected witches and wizards at clinics in Hogsmeade and St. Mungo’s. Whether this expense can be offset by the savings realized from other sources will depend on the degree of interest in the werewolf population in this program. It is our hope that the legal reforms of the Shacklebolt Administration will indeed cause a groundswell of interest in this program. The consequent increase in peace of mind and general health in a segment of our adult population, and the reduction in the spread of this disease, is in our view well worth the expense.
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