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Gov. Walker: Making Government More Efficient

Scott Walker, Wisconsin's governor, delivers a weekly radio address.

Every Thursday, Gov. Scott Walker delivers a weekly radio address. This Thursday's address was titled Making Government More Efficient.

The state has partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=1761&locid=177.  To download an mp3 file you can visit http://walker.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=1761&locid=177, right click the radio address link and click “save link as.”

Here is the transcript from this Thursday’s radio address: 

Hi this is Scott Walker. 

On my second day in office, I created the Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Commission. 
The commission was charged with looking at all of the things that can be done - big or small - to save taxpayers' money.  These seemingly little things can add up, saving state resources and restoring people’s trust in their government.

Today, I’d like to highlight one of the innovative ways hard-working state employees partnered with agency leadership to save taxpayer resources.  Earlier this year, employees at the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) aggressively pursued ideas to become more efficient, and told their agency leadership about their ideas.  The employees suggested holding virtual meetings, trimming the number of agency meetings, improving the structure of staffing, and reforming the way they reimburse for out of state travel. 

Based on these ideas, the agency took a number of steps to save taxpayer money.  They now utilize video conferencing in lieu of some of their in-person meetings, which has saved more than $17,000.  The agency also eliminated meetings of various state boards where there was little or even no business to discuss; this has saved the state more than $22,000. The agency also saved $17,000 by cancelling unneeded memberships and subscriptions.  Restructuring staff saved more than $31,000.  And the limitations placed on out of state travel has netted over $16,000 of savings. All told, the agency saved a total of $106,424.10 so far this year.  

While this may not seem like a huge amount of money when compared to the state budget, it is the kind of reform we need from everyone in state government. 

The employees of the Division of Board Services are showing we can do things differently to improve services and save money.

We are continuously looking for ways to make our government work better. And that's good news for everyone in Wisconsin.

GearHead October 15, 2011 at 06:50 PM
I'd LOVE to have a job where I was responsible for wringing out waste, fraud and abuse from government. Talk about a kid in a candy store, not to mention a job that paid for itself. I'd do it for a percentage of the savings! :)
KTinWI October 15, 2011 at 07:15 PM
First "bipartisanship." Now "hard-working state employees." Worried, Gov?
Dan B October 15, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Ktin Walker is also a state employee and a very hard working fiscally responsible one. If you. actually look at what he has done for the common tax payer you would also applaud his efforts. If you are a taker from society I have no sympathy for you.
KTinWI October 15, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Dan -- I have no idea what you mean by a "taker from society," so don't know if I'd fit that bill for you. But I, too, am a hardworking taxpayer, and believe his budget -- spending more than Doyle and being paid for by a small group of Wisconsinites -- is devastating to the most vulnerable residents hit hardest by this recession while giving away the bank to corporations. I don't understand why -- on the national level -- all you hear from the TeaParty Republicans is "cut, cut, cut," while at the same time in Wisconsin, Walker INCREASES spending and the TeaParty Republicans are fine with it. Hypocrisy in action. In my opinion, Walker has shown himself to be an unethical, divisive, lying politican -- definitely not a leader and wrong for Wisconsin.
Gilbert Johnson October 16, 2011 at 03:44 AM
I know a way to make government more efficient. Stop Scott Walker from appointing his unqualified cronies to state jobs. Not only does he appoint unqualified people, but he gives them ten of thousands dollar raises, dwarfing the salaries of the previous job holder. Then to top it off, he has his appointments to act corruptly, bringing shame and disgrace to the state. Until Walker is recalled he should be prohibited from appointing his cronies. The state is broke was the lie he told to fleece the state employees and unions. It was the same excuse he used to cut budgets and social programs. But their is plenty of money to give the Archers, the campaign contributors, and his minions who do his evil, greedy, bidding.
Linda Motley October 16, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Scott Walker can best serve the State of Wisconsin by resigning.
Linda Motley October 16, 2011 at 04:21 PM
It's never a good idea to speak patronizingly to your elders, dude. That $3 billion dollar deficit Walker projected was based on his giving tax freedom to his corporate owners. That was the amount of revenue lost to the State by his pay-back scheme. And your jealousy of your friends "net pay" situation is pathetic. Teachers have one of the most difficult jobs in society - cleaning up the mess made by parents who don't give a damn about how their children behave or whether or not they actually learn anything in school. It's a job I doubt you or most other people could do effectively. They earn every penny in salary and benefits they get. I know plenty of teachers and their complaints about Scott Walker have nothing to do with their "net pay". They have everything to do with his cuts to public school systems and his lack of support for public education. Do you have to buy all your work supplies out of your own pocket? Most teachers do. Anyone who can love Scott Walker after all the damage he has done, first to Milwaukee County and now to the State, has no concept at all of what "love" actually means.
J H RDH October 17, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Amen!!
Greg October 17, 2011 at 06:13 PM
So this is about "work supplies" now? The public sector employees have to contribute a little to their own benifits. BooHoo. If the teachers are so great, why is the product so bad? Oh, I forgot, they need more money. I pay for my own work supplies, I don't get automatic wage increases and I work all summer.
CowDung October 17, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Funny how teachers buy all of their work supply out of their own pocket, yet I still have to send my kids to school with the mandated bags full of school supplies at the beginning of every school year...
J H RDH October 17, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Scott Walker will ruin education in Wisconsin and the environment. Then people will want to escape from Wisconsin.
J H RDH October 17, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Amen to Linda's commentary!
Raider Fan October 18, 2011 at 12:40 AM
Thank you Governor Walker for managing our budget in WI and improving the economy for job creation.
Shannon October 18, 2011 at 02:32 AM
Greg, the product isn't bad in Hudson.
jt November 01, 2011 at 11:27 AM
what the heck have you been smoking?
Hudsoner November 01, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Raider Fan, you did not finish your sentence. Let me do that for you: ..........for job creation in China and other East Asian countries!
Terry Burkett November 01, 2011 at 03:09 PM
Here is where Walker got it wrong and why he will likely be recalled. He's this new wave of politician who is elected on a wave of "anger" created by politicians and media. This wave with their "anit-government" rant. In these times is when government can best serve the people. To label everyone a "taker" and a "giver" is irresponsible on both sides of the aisle. Back to my point. Scott Walker's job is not only to lower taxes and cut spending. His job is also to grow the economy of the state, attract jobs and investment and improve the states overall reputation. What Walker and most politicians do that infuriates voters is when pressed to do what's economically smart and what's politically smart they always go the political route. To feed red meat to republicans and tea partiers he wages war with unions and public workers and makes them all out to be thugs and "takers". He then calls his supporters the "hard working tax payers of Wisconsin. Like most Republicans he initiates tax cuts that always favor the best off individuals and lays the "it'll help create jobs" rhetoric on us all. To make up for the huge gaps this lack of revenue creates, he cuts programs and services for those who are having difficulties in this economy and frames it as "tough sacrifices" and calls thjose people "takers". What happens is we go deeper into deficits becuase we never recoup that lost tax revenues.
Terry Burkett November 01, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Those "job creators" never seem to reivest that money into innovation and job creation. Instead they pocket the money and then write checks to campaign managers. Then the truth comes out i.e: "we will likely fall short on job growth creation" and it will be blamed on the opposition party's failure to compromise and a tough economy. If Scott Walker was a true leader with courage he would explain that deficits have to be eased by a mixture of tax revenues AND cuts. So rich people will have to live without tax breaks for a while and social programs will have to be cut. BOTH are needed. Instead republicans employ the starve the beast strategy. Everything in this state revolves around taxes. Citizens need to be told that we are in a deficit. You can't have it all and not pay for it. In return we as voters can't punish politicians for being honest with us. What Walker has created is a toxic climate in this state where he will never get the buy in of over half of the states citizens. He's put himself in a tough spot and muddied the states reputation. On top of that if his ethics aren't squeaky clean he will be scutinied and investigated and if any dirt shows up he's in trouble. Bottom line is he must be recalled.
Heather Rayne Geyer November 01, 2011 at 04:55 PM
Bravo Terry. I wish those truths were clear to everyone.
James R Hoffa November 01, 2011 at 05:48 PM
@Terry - Why don't you actually try commenting within the scope of the story/article presented? Instead, all we get from you is a Walker rant that has nothing to do with the actual story/article. Personally, I believe this to be another great move in the right direction. Not only will eliminating, or at the very least minimizing waste, fraud, and abuse save the taxpayers money, but will also help restore the public's faith in our government and help reduce debts and deficits, thereby freeing up capital for worthwhile programs and projects! Instead of going off on Walker for initiating such a Commission, why aren't you lambasting Obama for not having done something similar to this at the federal level yet? Or are you fine with losing $.5B on crap like Solyndra and the like? Where’s the rant about Obama being bought off and controlled by his corporate donors? Not to mention the $16 muffin – which despite Ed Schultz’s rebuttal, $16 is still a lot to spend per person on coffee, a muffin, and fresh fruit for a conference attendee. Hell, you can get a custom made to order breakfast for under $10, so there’s no reason to be spending $16 per person. But I guess you’re OK with this kind of thing, right? Or are you just not being very fair and balanced in your tirades? Come on Terry, your hypocrisy truly knows no bounds!
James R Hoffa November 01, 2011 at 05:53 PM
BTW - You may want to check out the other board for how I debunked many of the claims made against Monsanto in the film "The Future of Food" using real and true FACTS, as opposed to spreading propaganda and rhetoric, as you appear to be fine with via your support of such film. Personally, I prefer the full truth instead of only half truths. Why doesn't the film give me the whole truth and let me make-up my own mind instead of only giving me half-truths combined with some outright lies? Please explain this one to us Terry.
James R Hoffa November 01, 2011 at 06:17 PM
@HRG – How does Terry's tirade have anything to do with that which is contained within the scope of the story/article presented? Or is any story about Walker an open invitation to bash him? But I thought that you were against those kind of political games though? I'm confused here, as you often respond to comments made referencing Obama to your commentary pieces by stating ‘what does Obama have to do with this,’ or ‘why does everything have to be partisan/political,’ or ‘can’t we stick to the issue’. I thought combating government waste, fraud, and abuse was a good thing, no? Or is it only good and worthy of praise when a Democrat recommends doing it? Don't be a hypocrite here, as you hate hypocrites, remember?

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