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WWL: Reinventing Government
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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02/26/2009
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"The idea that CT can get through this without raising any taxes or fees... is a fantasy"

 

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Yesterday, state lawmakers passed a “deficit mitigation bill” to cut the roughly 1.2 billion dollar budget gap for this fiscal year more cutting is coming up, with an $8.7 billion dollar deficit looming for the next two years.

The process has included some of the same political name-calling as previous budget fights. It’s also included some of the same thinking and solutions: Cuts to services, shuffling of state funds, union concessions.

Budget guru David Osborne says “the idea that Connecticut can get through our fiscal crisis without raising taxes or fees is a fantasy”. But Osborne isn’t a proponent of states just raising more revenues to fund the same old government.

For more than 20 years, Osborne has been talking to governments large and small about how they can “reinvent” themselves...to budget for results, not costs - and to create positive competition among state agencies.

Today – Where We Live, we’ll continue our Thursday series focusing on the economy. We’ll talk about “The Price of Government” that the public’s willing to pay for – and how lawmakers can better set priorities for the state.


 
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CT's Public Service Workers are Committed to Reinvent Gov't

We appreciate Where We Live devoting time to a broader discussion of how to assure delivery of cost-effective, quality public services. The coalition of 13 unions representing the State's 50,000 public service workers have been working for solutions that improve how Connecticut government serves its people for years -- and long before this latest economic storm.

Members of our unions have long advocated for laws that would clean-up the corrupt contracting-out of publicly-funded projects, and were instrumental in the successful passage of the landmark "clean contracting" bill in 2007. The law requires State agencies to perform a cost-benefit analysis before contracting-out public projects to private consultants, improves accountability and transparency by creating a process to review select contracted work, and creates common-sense standards for State contracts that impact the health and safety of Connecticut families.

However, the bill came up short in a fundamental area -- its failure to create a simple database to track current projects and their contractors at any given time. Members of several of our unions have testified to the General Assembly in support of several versions of the legislation, and raised a question that lawmakers and officials serving in both the current and former Administrations could not answer:
"How much are we actually spending on contracted-out projects?"

To truly achieve cost-savings by reducing the number publicly-funded contracts outsourced to private sector consultants, we must first know how many there are at any given time.

This is but one example of many proposals rank-and-file State public service workers have made in the past -- and continue supporting in order to assure Connecticut's people get the good government services they deserve. To learn more, visit SEBAC's website at http://inthistogetherct.org/.

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