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88 Ways to Reduce Wasteful Spending

March 4th, 2010 by flanews

A government watchdog group is asking state lawmakers to make some bold choices to balance the budget and reduce government waste. Florida TaxWatch released 88 cost savings recommendations that would save the state 3.5 billion dollars. The ideas range from turning off computers, to lightening the penalties on people caught with a small amount of marijuana or cocaine. TaxWatch Chairman David Smith says the recommendations could be implemented this year.

Heres an example thats simple; 200 million in savings by just increasing the number of state term contracts. Another 125 million by reducing whats exempted by competitive bidding, said Smith.

Other recommendations include four day work weeks for some state employees and requiring people on the states payroll to cough up more cash for their health insurance and retirement plans.

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