TaxWatch Suggests $4.1 Billion In Savings
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Florida government watch group offers a report detailing cost saving measures for the state government.
The Florida TaxWatch report contains 135 recommendations that, according to the group, could save $4.1 billion dollars for the state.
The report, FY2012-13, is the work of 50 Floridians, including former government officials, business leaders and organizational experts.
Some of the cost-saving ideas include:
? Expanding evidence-based substance abuse, mental health, faith and character, and literacy and job skills programs to reduce recidivism.
? Continuing to reduce juvenile commitments to residential facilities for misdemeanants and aligning lengths of stay in juvenile residential facilities with best practices.
? Expanding the Civil Citation program with a targeted approach to address school-related arrests for misdemeanants.
? Implementing a defined contribution healthcare model.
? Expanding the role of Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants ? Better identifying waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicaid and the health care system.
? Enforcing use of negotiated State Term Contracts to reduce the cost of purchasing needed goods and services by the state.
? Requiring the purchase of generic equivalents to needed products when they are available.
? Improving collection of legally owed sales taxes on remotely conducted sales.
? Standardizing the business process.
? Improving the management of state-owned vehicle fleet.
? Eliminating the Deferred Option Retirement Program.
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