Governmental Support and Operations Cost Saving Ideas

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  1. Stop printing new Professional Certificates, Keep on-line registry of licenses in good standing instead of all that paper and postage

    Stop printing new annual Professional Certificates , Keep on-line registry of licenses in good standing instead of all that paper and postage

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    • Income Tax Reform

      Repealing the Maine income tax code and downsizing the Maine Revenue Service will bring cost savings for State Government. How? Income tax systems are well known for costing a government a lot of money. One example is the dozens of public accountants needed to review tax forms submitted by taxpayers for refund determinations. Another example would be the people and equipment needed to design, print, and distribute tax forms to taxpayers. A simpler and cheaper alterative to this would be for Maine to implement an expanded sales tax system to pay for many government operations like schools, roads, and public…

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        • State Tax Payers

          Shut down the Union; costing maine tax payers billions of dollars to support there policially driven fraud game to make tax payers support there services that are not being used and being abused. The union is for the employees but in truth only protects themself from political gain.
          The Union should be wipe out completely out of the state of Maine.

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            • Electronic reimbursement for state employees

              An idea was suggested to increase efficiency and raise staff morale. DAFS could create a way for employees to complete staff mileage reimbursement electronically. The system would increase efficiency if it mirrored the TAMS system currently used. Efficiencies would include cost saving on paper and staff time; a supervisor who is off site could approve the reimbursement; denials could be immediately sent back to the workers for correction; the most up to date forms would always be used; additional policy time frames could be easily achieved. Staff morale would also increase as denials of mileage reimbursement through inter-office mail significantly…

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              • condemned buildings in Maine

                This is in regards to the fires in Lewiston. I know that a lot of the buildings were condemned. When the city or town condemns a building, the city or town has to pick up the cost of demolishing these buildings. What I am proposing is that when a building gets condemned, the landlord who owns the building, should pay for the building to be demolished. And give the landlord a short amount of time to get the building demolished. No more than 2 weeks. This will eliminate the cost to the city or town and will put all landlords…

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                • Make a grant program

                  to clean up the abandon, rotting buildings around Maine. Towns could apply to the program, with the cooperation of the land owner, to burn down abandon barns, houses, or sheds. Send a picture with an application and the state could grant a voucher to towns to distroy the building. Once distroyed, have the fire cheif of the town sign the voucher and return. The state would then send a check. Towns would be encouraged to clean up the old rotting buildings while earning money for their town or fire department. It would eliminate hazzardous buildings that encourage arsonists. Land owners…

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                    • Elimination of state employee stipends

                      A few years back, in order to retain talent within the system, a 3%, 11%, or 30% stipend was given to certain classes of employees. For example, GIS type of employees receive around a 30% stipend while engineers at the DEP receive an 11% stipend.
                      Do we need to pay a stipend to retain people in this economy?
                      If they are worth the funds, then bring up their pay. If not, eliminate the stipend. In these tough economic times, eliminate the stipend and save a few hundred thousand a year.

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                      • Make cuts from the top, Seems to me no civil servant should need a large salary, maybe limit salaries to $100,000. per year.

                        Limit government salaries to $100,000. per year. That seems like a good amount for a junior and a senior should have already have made their fortune.

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                        • Reducing State Government: by slashing all middle managment &inexperience managements.

                          Mr. Lepage you create over 400 new jobs in the state government new jobs we don't need when we have new technology, new automated software when this can be used to reduce middle and upper management that became the problem in the first place.

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                          • Remove funding from conservation districts and allow them to stand on thier own.

                            Conservation districts are filling a hole that is already filled by business and non-profits. They are a redundant system that gets a LOT of state, and federal money, but do very little but shuffle papers for the feds. They were created in the 20s to be a local voice for the federal govt, but somewhere along the line although they are a non-profit they also became a quasi-state agency as well. They get tens of thousands of dollars of state funding per year and do little to help the state. Cut or eliminate them.

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                            • Consolidate the Eastside and Westside Wellness Centers.

                              Better service at a lower cost could be realized by combining the Augusta Eastside and Westside Wellness Centers. The cost savings from not staffing the Westside facility would more than offset the cost of adding badly needed space to the existing Eastside facility. Staff levels at the Eastside facility appear more than adequate to handle the additional space and equipment that would be transferred from the Westside.

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                              • Reduce waste and remove unneeded jobs and programs.

                                Governor LePage if I could tell you of a state that has a hunting season and employs a biologist responsible for that bird, what would you think?(Efficient or not?) Maine has a season for Bob White Quail, without having and Quail and not putting them out like they do Pheasants. What other unneeded job are there, and who is looking into reducing the waste!

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                                • Mr.Lepage

                                  I'm a new resident of Maine, my wife and I have been here for over a year now.We are registered to vote and do so.My problem is I don't understand why we have so many legislatures.If you compare our population to another comparable state let's say Delaware.They have 54 legislatures, we have 151 legislatures.Being a larger state is just a poor excuse.What are all of them doing? Mr.govenor you must see were the real problem is to many chiefs for the small amount of people.

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                                  • Air Condition

                                    All state buildings should not be using Air Conditions in all their buildings. This is very expensive and drives up cost.

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                                    • I believe that is this state wants to be "business friendly" we need to streamline the business process for creation of businesses.

                                      Currently it is far too difficult to start and run a small business in Maine. I have been open for a year now and am still finding out about regulations and things I have to do or should have been told about. The amount of fees and departments I have to deal with is ridiculous... Lets make the process simple and streamlined.

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                                        Business owners who have questions or need assistance can call the Governor’s “Business Answers” at 1-800-872-3838 or 624-9818 or the “Red Tape Hotline”at 624-7486.

                                      • I believe we should have a government open source software and internet technology program that will reduce government operation costs.

                                        The government needs to develop a more time efficient method of providing services to the people of the United States. Providing an open source software and internet technology programs will allow people to have access to high technology items that might be too expensive for them to afford. We can use software to automate many processes and build more efficient living methods such as hydroponics hooked up to a computer system maximizing food generation with the least amount of resources. This will also create jobs and competition with existing software companies that dominate a not competitive enough market. My name…

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                                        • Recycle

                                          All State offices should have recycling bins for paper, plastic, glass and other materials (aluminum etc.). There is a huge amount of waste/trash that is paid for to dispose of that could be recycled instead. Many schools in the area have decreased their waste costs by half by starting to recycle and compost. How is this not out there already? Each floor in each state building should have recycling bins. It's just common sense.

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