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18 March 2010

Kraus: Rebooting Government

The Missouri Senate is providing a great opportunity to submit ideas on how state government can work better, smaller, or more efficiently.  Before March 22, Missourians can click on this website, Rebooting Government, and be taken directly to a Senate page where they can enter suggestions and have their voice heard.

The Missouri Senate has taken a great first step in setting up this web site for idea sharing.  It has also designed a special process to read them, an all-important second step.  So far, about 500 ideas have been offered for consideration.  Next Tuesday, the Senate has set aside a full day for working groups of senators to review the recommendations.  Each group of senators will be asked to identify at least five ideas to be used in legislation or the budget.

A tight budget year has made this effort very important.  I know that many times, as individuals interact with government, they have thought of ways that state work could be done better, easier, cheaper or more stream-lined.  These insights can translate into a more sustainable government, so I hope Missourians will take the time to register them.

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