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Surplus so what instead of spending on the -- -- -- the governor of Montana asked the constituents.
For more ways to save it over a thousand ideas so -- flooding -- is a fresh set of eyes exactly.
What the government needs to find new ways to cut costs on -- Democrat and governor of Montana -- lights are back with -- now governor good to have you back.
Good to be back -- have a surplus rank and and that the mission on the call.
Senior residence was what.
But we we have believe that the citizens of Montana my bosses and the customer's always right there the customer.
-- the business of state government does not like the federal government where they debate how many.
Angels can dance on the head of -- we Medicaid we incarcerate that's 85% of our budget.
Well we've got to keep bad people behind bars and good teachers in front of eager students how do you pay for that.
We're not delivering sort of less government we're challenging every expense in government we want to keep those same teachers or maybe better teachers.
We want to make sure we choose which bad people have to stay in jail and which ones are right -- to get out but in the meantime.
Let's use technology.
Let's find out how we can decrease the cost of what we do by 5% -- wanted to so many ideas that you're residents have come up.
Well some some really good ideas here's one for example it's it's a data storage idea.
We've got you know hundreds of branches of state government and and many of them.
They liked to have their own data storage system and it's in the basement of a building someplace -- -- in a special room.
And they all take a lot of electricity to run an even more electricity to cool because they generate a lot of heat.
And yet we have a state of the art data center to move them around the state that have excess capacity they said.
-- let's quit storing this data at all of these diverse locations -- let's go through a central data storage area a second idea.
It simply goes a lot of state employees that have blackberries paid for by the state but.
They really don't.
Need a Blackberry they might get you know one -- two instant messages per day are on their -- account a cell -- would be enough or.
There are many state employees who have a cell phone and and frankly.
Probably they don't need a cell phone they they have their own cell phone anyway.
And maybe only a small part of their business as state government needs that cell -- so eliminate a lot of those blackberries and cell phone saves over a million dollars.
Other people have said.
You have a big fleet of state owned vehicles and we do and we have -- state vehicle so that when the state employee has to go someplace -- a big place New York Ohio Pennsylvania what.
All fit inside -- Montana we still have room for a couple more states.
And so we need these cars but.
We have enough cars so that it's enough for our peak demand.
People have said why don't we decrease the number of cars we own and on those peak days maybe two days a month.
The employee could drive their own car and we -- reimburse -- -- -- anyone come up with -- tax increase amendments that increase my taxes to make sure that I don't pay any attention to that I don't increase taxes I try to decrease taxes so we that we don't -- those that kind of ideas.
I've asked for efficiency this is the Montana accountability project.
And I've offered to give up palladium coined donated by Stillwater mine.
Dollars or so -- per -- and if someone -- going to the winner.
We narrowed it down to four out of a thousand ideas and now we're back on line that empty dot gov you can go to the pink piggy bank -- -- -- about which you think is the best idea.
Aren't wouldn't -- put the pistols a Republican one.
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