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January 24, 2013

Think About It: Watching The Pols

State senators and house representatives convened last week's legislative sessions with the usual pontifications about improvements, doing things better, looking for innovative new ideas, our kids are our future, etc. When it comes to the allocation of funds, running the state really is like running a business. There are only two things you can do to improve your plight- increase revenues or decrease expenses. Doing things differently or smarter, as the case may be, is one way to take the existing structure and morph it into something more effective and efficient, as red tape and bureaucracy issues abound with any government efforts.

But making real change requires people in office to often put themselves on the line- perhaps alienating some of the very constituents who voted them into office in the first place. And don't forget, for many, if not most, of the people in office, job #1 is maintaining his or her job, and to do that, sometimes you can't be very bold or radical in thinking about ways to improve things for the good of the overall system or state if the price is angering a core base.

Rocking the boat is not a prerequisite in government jobs. It's rather discouraged, actually. Asking people to revisit why things are done a certain way is usually frowned upon. Status quo and consistency is too often expected and rewarded by keeping stress levels down and job security guaranteed. So let's see who the movers and shakers are this time around; let's see what programs or systems that need shaking up get shaken up. Let's see how the money is spread around and what projects get pushed to the back burner. Watch what happens, because, after all, these are your employees, hired by you to do the right thing for our state and our people. Think about it…

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