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Issue Position: Bring Business Management Tools to Government

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Vermont government is inefficient largely because every department sets next year's budget simply by adding to the current budget. As your State Auditor, I found millions of dollars in fraud, waste, abuse and error in Medicaid alone. But as your governor, I will introduce "zero-based budgeting," which forces every senior bureaucrat to prepare his or her next year's budget by starting with a blank sheet of paper and justifying every expenditure anew every year to a cabinet officer I appoint. I will also institute for each agency of government a rigorous performance measurement system that will tell me, the agency management team and the public how well the agency is achieving its goals. All of this, of course, is standard operating procedure in the many lean and profitable businesses I've managed, but it is sadly missing in Vermont state government.

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