The state is expected to save more than $1.6 billion and improve services to the public and businesses as a result of the reorganization of state government by the governor’s SAGE Commission, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy announced the release today of the Spending and Government Efficiency Commission’s final report, which outlined the reorganization of state government to help reduce costs, improve services and increase transparency.
“As a result of the Commission’s efforts, initiatives are already underway in key areas such as government savings, improved citizen and business service, and government transparency,” Duffy said in a statement.
Paul Francis, SAGE’s vice-chairman, said the state could save more than $1.6 billion if the 100 proposed initiatives by the Commission are fully implemented. He said a majority of the initiatives are already underway.
“The SAGE Commission has identified a total of 100 discrete initiatives, of which 78 have been completed, are in process or have been proposed in the 2013-14 Executive Budget,” Francis said in a statement.
The initiatives include consolidating facilities, such as closing excess prisons and reducing the need for residential facilities. SAGE also proposed consolidating agencies and authorities as well as modernizing the workforce entirely.
The SAGE Commission is tasked with reviewing state government operations by proposing changes to make it more efficient and less costly. Gov. Andrew Cuomo created the commission in April 2011.