Senate approves bill to create government efficiency committee
The state Senate today approved legislation that will create a new commission on government efficiency, said Sen. Randy Richardville, sponsor of the legislation.
The nine-member commission will review various state agencies to determine the cost of government as well as make recommendations on how to help government be more efficient.
"Michigan is experiencing serious economic problems with the nation's highest unemployment rate, people moving out of the state and increasing home foreclosures," said Richardville, R-Monroe. "All of these factors are contributing to the state's significant deficit for 2008. The state must enact structural reforms as well as cuts to help balance the budget."
The commission's review will evaluate the functions and services provided by each state agency in at least the following areas: human resources; payroll; internal auditing, accounting, and financial services; purchasing; printing; mail services; maintenance services; janitorial or cleaning services; motor vehicle fleet operations, and transportation services.
"Reforms that will eliminate outdated government functions and streamline the delivery of certain services are necessary to help turn Michigan around," Richardville said. "We must make government more effective and efficient."
Senate Bills 395-398 will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2007
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