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Saving the State Money
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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08/11/2008
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Bill Curry and Dean Pagani in WNPR's Studio 3: Photo by Danielle TumminioBill Curry and Dean Pagani in WNPR's Studio 3: Photo by Danielle TumminioGovernor Jodi Rell has put out a challenge, asking current and former state employees to submit innovative ideas to tighten Connecticut's belt.

The program is called the Innovative Idea Initiative, or "I cubed." It actually revives a program that operated from 1995 to 2003, that asks the people who work for state government to come up with ways to help, including streamlining process and procedure, restructuring contracts, scheduling, and safety.

One thing is different this time around. The panel that reviews the innovative ideas will consist of high-level managers, not union representatives.

Today on Where We Live, two prominent former state employees, Bill Curry and Dean Pagani, join us to share some of their ideas.

How can Connecticut save money? What ideas do you have? You don't have to be a state employee to join the conversation.

Add your suggestions, questions, and comments below. We'll send our ideas along to the Governor...


 
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Connecticut should cut back on air conditioning cost:  open up windows, build buildings with windows or add windows to existing buildings.  Our climate is perfect for natural air temperatures for many months of the year!!!! 

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IF it is true that fuel economy rises with a decrease in MPH, why not require all state vehicles and state drivers to drive at 55 with severe consequences for those that do not. Any driver that taps into the state funds for fuel, vehicle expenses, or any funds at all would risk, for example, fines, suspension of privilege, or loss of employment for non-compliance.

Also, I believe it has been proven that a simple reducing the margins for work processors saves $$$ in use of paper. Presently MS Word used 1” top and bottom and 1.25” left and right. Many companies require ½ for all margins. Unfortunately, I don’t think that MS will allow this to become a default. It will take discipline on the user to make this work.

Gary Sutcliff

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I think the state and all its residents can save a fortune by observing a 55 mph speed limit. Bill might be able to estimate what the State pays for gas and the State could save up to 20 per cent of that by slowing down. All the rest of us would have similar savings. If this requires legislative approval we could save a smaller amount simply by enforcing the 65 mph speed limit.

The program could become innovative by calling it the Double Nickel and by allowing employees "passes" to come in 11 minutes late if caused by driving slow. The State could lead the way and encourage other large employers to follow suit. The "passes" would be phased out over a short period of time, but could be used as a kickoff.

Paul Trotta
Barkhamsted

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I drive the 84 corridor from Waterbury (exit 18) to Danbury (exit 11). Everyday I see state vehicles. (at least I assume the state owns the cars that have state vehicle license plates) This morning I noticed 2 of them between exit 18 and exit 16.


I imagine the state would save large amounts of money from switching to a pay by mile plan versus the amount of money we spend on automobiles, repairs, insurance, etc.

Who are all these people with state vehicles anyway? I never see more than 1 person in these cars, perhaps they can look at using car pooling or other modes of transportation.


Have a great day!

Rebecca Cisto

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John, if the State stopped mowing the roadside grass along its highways I estimate it could save between $1 to 3 million per year plus reduce gas and diesel fuel consumption by many hundreds of thousands of gallons: there would also be environmental benefits and a reduced impact on the balance of payments. The roadside mowing for the first 12 feet or so immediately adjacent to the highways would continue to be necessary for safety reasons, but I think we can no longer afford the “estate-like appearance” that we would like to have.

Done nationally, I think we could save $ billions and millions of gallons of fuel -- each year.

Sincerely, Richard Southbury