A new efficiency report includes more than 100 recommendations that could save the state more than $2 billion over five years. Workers from the company Alvarez and Marsal released their preliminary findings to lawmakers Tuesday. Suggestions for improving efficiency and performance range from hiring more workers in the Department of Revenue to eliminating some health insurance options for state employees.
The chairman of the Senate’s budget committee, Ty Masterson, says they’ll spend much of their time this session considering the recommendations.
“It’s streamlining your processes, it’s cash-flow, it’s all of the above. It’s exciting to know that there’s outside sourcing that validates that this is possible,” says Masterson.
One proposal would cut costs by offering ONLY high-deductible health insurance plans to state employees. Today's recommendations come from what is only a preliminary draft of the efficiency report. Lawmakers will receive a final version later in the session.