Deltek Principal Analyst Brian Coyle reports.
GovWin has recently been highlighting various states which have been working to improve efficiencies, and this week we wanted to turn the spotlight on Georgia.
Over the past few years, Georgia has been doing an excellent job in terms of cutting costs, downsizing operations and streamlining the state’s overall operations. As part of this effort, the Georgia State Senate Budget Task Force delivered a final report to Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in March 2010 detailing actions the state legislature could take to balance the state’s strained budget and fully fund its priorities.
Overall, the Task Force made 50 recommendations for the legislature to consider which would slash the state’s expenditures by approximately $3.15 billion. The recommendations focused on the areas of shared services and efficiencies; downsizing and consolidation; real estate and leases; and education and healthcare, among others.
While the task force has been working to streamline the state’s operations, Georgia was already one of the more efficient states on a statistical basis, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau and GovWin (see previous analysis here and here). In the combined data, Georgia ranked #10 for overall state budget efficiency in 2010, and #8 for how the state spent federal aid dollars that same year.
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