A bi-partisan commission, co-chaired by state Senator Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford, today formally approved 30 proposals members believe could save more than $450 million in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 if enacted by Democrat Dannel Malloy’s incoming administration.
Slossberg in a statement said the commission today approved “a solid package of reforms, options that don’t require cutting vital services or raising taxes … There are many opportunities in this report to tackle our budget problems head-on.”
She highlighted the following:
- Engage in more aggressive efforts to transition senior care out of nursing homes and into assisted home care
- Find savings through cooperative purchasing and reverse online auctioning
- Encourage greater generic prescription drug use, and change management of the state’s prescription drug program for low-income individuals to a third-party system
- Enhance community prevention and intervention efforts in the Department of Children and Families
- Restore the State Contracting Standards Board and other entities charged with reviewing contracts and identifying waste
- Reduce energy costs by 10 percent
- Expand tax auditing and enforcement to pursue delinquent accounts
- Consolidate back-office human resources functions in the state’s various human services agencies
- Reduce postage usage and convert business entity filing to electronic methods
Readers of this blog will recall I recently wrote about retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s skepticism regarding Malloy’s promises to overhaul government once he takes office on January 5.
And the Commission on Enhancing Agency Outcomes’ website provides a handy run down of all the various “good government” studies gathering dust on capitol shelves.
I asked Malloy spokesperson Colleen Flanagan for a comment and she e-mailed me the following statement: “Governor-Elect Malloy and his Office of Policy and Management Secretary Designee Ben Barnes are reviewing a number of recommendations, ideas and suggestions to achieve substantial savings, and will propose those in his formal budget presentation next year.”