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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Final teams are in place on the House side

As we are bicameral and bipartisan, Delegates Toscano, Miller(Norfolk) and Sickles have offered to help out on the remaining areas of accounts receivables, communications and central mail respectively.

I will be flying wingman for Toscano and Miller since those areas are some of my personal favorites.

If you haven't checked out the publication Executive Amendments to the 2006-2008 Biennial Budget, you should. It gives you a chance to start to drill down on some of the departments of your government.

Starting at the top for instance, on page B-33 one finds the Office of the Governor.

In FY 2003 there were 29 employees for a total cost of $2,088,562 = $72,000 pp
In FY 2008 there will be 41 employees for a total cost of $4,379,423 = $107,000 pp

From there one can start asking questions on why the staff has increased positions by 41% and why the total cost has increased 110%.

Overall, this is a good document and CLEARLY the next step is to get the performance measurements in each office and department and not just the mindnumbingly boring mission statements and nebulous agency goals. We should see goals that are specific, achievable and drawn to the mission statements.

2 Comments:

  • Delegate Saxman,

    Excellent post. I believe that these are questions that need to be asked, regardless of which branch of government is involved. These numbers will be discussed around the Commonwealth.

    Thanks again!

    Charlie Fugate

    By Blogger Charlie Fugate, at 12/22/2006 10:05 AM  

  • My bet is that they are finally counting people who work primarily for the Gov's office as.......Governor's Office employees! What a novel approach! At any given time, Gilmore & Allen had easily 20 - 30 appointees hidden in DPB & other places. Hidden from all but those of us who had to actually produce something of value for taxpayers.

    By Blogger Frank, at 12/27/2006 6:44 PM  

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