POLITICAL: Arkansas takes on Big Gooferment


A New Arkansas Supermajority to Take On Government Bloat
Three Democrats defected last year after the election. The Clintons would hardly recognize the place. 
Jan. 13, 2017 7:05 p.m. ET46 Little Rock, Ark. 

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Since being announced last year, the project has identified 184 efficiencies and made 60 recommendations. For instance, administrative functions have been consolidated in the Agriculture Department, and some tasks at the Community Corrections Department have been privatized. A report we commissioned from PricewaterhouseCoopers noted $312 million in outstanding tax debt that the state has already deemed collectible. One big victory was privatizing in-home health-care workers, which the governor’s office says reduced state payroll by 2,000.

Gov. Hutchinson can enact some recommendations by executive action. His state hiring freeze, put in place last year, has whittled another 1,161 employees from the payroll, according to his office. But others ideas—such as revising the funding formulas for education programs that have expanded beyond their original remit—will require the legislature. Progress so far has been solid, but there’s always more that can be done to change the culture. Although department heads say they support “efficiency,” only four state agencies use the word in their mission statements.

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Always more that can be done.

Imagine if all the various Gooferment went on a spending diet.

I suggest we cut everything 1% immediately. WITH the proviso that it can’t effect real people. 

It can always be done. Just ask private business who ruthlessly cut “waste”.


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