8 posts categorized "challenges for change"

January 24, 2011

Where Can the Shumlin Budget Find $130 million?

"What do you think he'll cut?" asked Anne Galloway, editor of vtdigger.org. She pointed out that Governor Shumlin said last week at a press conference that wholesale elimination of programs is not on the table. I'm assuming this means no major p More...

January 20, 2011

Challenges for Change: Post Mortem

Lately there has been a lot of talk about Challenges for Change, a joint legislative-executive exercise from last year which was supposed to result in $37.8 million of savings for the general fund in fiscal year 2011 and $72 million in FY12 – such savings to be achieved through greater effectiven More...

September 17, 2010

Tiger (Sound) Bites

On my next to last day as Chief Technology Officer for the State of Vermont, my friends from VermontTiger.com came by to do a live interview. Murphy's law has no exceptions for CTOs; the technology didn't work as planned; the interview More...

May 17, 2010

Challenge Glass: Half Full or Half Empty?

Before adjourning, the Vermont legislature passed a Challenges for Change Bill which is supposed to result in more effective government while saving $37.8 million in the general fund for fiscal year 2011 and $72 million for FY12. But is the bill adequate to achieve these goals? What happens if th More...

April 19, 2010

Outcomes and Stakeholders

Although the $38 million of fiscal year 2011 general fund savings anticipated from Challenges for Change often dominates conversation, there are two perhaps even more urgent reasons for passage of a complete Challenges Bill before this legislative session wraps up:

  1. The anticip More...

April 11, 2010

The Challenge of Choosing

An editorial in Friday's Burlington Free Press opines: "The proposal to replace newspaper notices of proposed state rules changes with online postings presents Vermonters with a false choice. More...

April 04, 2010

Challenges for Change – The First Progress Report

The first progress report (here and here) on Challenges for Change (a project to improve outcomes important to Vermonters while he More...

March 20, 2010

Challenges for Change Scorecard

On Tuesday, March 30, the legislature will receive the first progress report on Challenges for Change, a series of recommendation for ways that Vermont government and services can be made more effective so that better results are delivered at lower cost to taxpayers. Although the initial impetus More...

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