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California performance review recommends sweeping changes to state government.



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, the California Performance Review has released a 2,500-page document outlining more than 1,000 recommendations for reforming and revitalizing re·vi·tal·ize  
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 California state government. The plan, which calls for increased accountability and efficiency and improved service delivery to residents, is estimated to save the state more than $32 billion over five years.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈaloɪ̯s ˈʃvaɐ̯ʦənˌʔɛɡɐ]  commissioned the 275-member panel to perform a top-to-bottom review of state government that extended to virtually every program and process in almost every department and agency. The CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Definition

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 operated under five guiding principles: (1) put people first, (2) save taxpayer dollars; (3) be accountable and efficient; (4) be visionary and innovative; and (5) be productive and performance-driven.

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 problems in the state--no surprise there," said Chon Gutierrez, co-executive director of the CPR. "But the consequences of not doing something now to mend the structural disrepair in California government are frightening.

"As the governor said, we can't wait any longer for the next guys to come along and fix this stuff. We are the next guys. We were directed to get after the problems and come up with innovative, common sense solutions, and that's what we did. In effect, the ... process amounted to just about the world's largest brainstorm."

The plan would eliminate more than 100 boards and commissions, consolidate state services, and impose mandates on departments. The elimination of the boards and commissions is estimated to save the state $34 million a year and trim 1,153 jobs. Business leaders, union leaders, educators, ethnic activists, and others say the elimination of the boards and commissions would make it harder for citizens and businesses to reach state government. State union officials have also criticized the plan, saying it would make worker concerns secondary to stimulating the economy.

In the area of state budgeting, the report recommends that all major decisions on managing the state's fiscal affairs fall under the direction of a new Office of Management and Budget The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), formerly the Bureau of the Budget, is an agency of the federal government that evaluates, formulates, and coordinates management procedures and program objectives within and among departments and agencies of the Executive Branch. . The panel found that the key agencies that oversee state finances (finance, general services, and the state personnel board) "are so fragmented that strategic management and efficient operation is currently impossible." The report also recommends that the state go to a biennial biennial, plant requiring two years to complete its life cycle, as distinguished from an annual or a perennial. In the first year a biennial usually produces a rosette of leaves (e.g., the cabbage) and a fleshy root, which acts as a food reserve over the winter.  budget.
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Publication:Government Finance Review
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Date:Dec 1, 2004
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