He’s also been looking for ways to save the state money. Among other items, rather than throwing out a truckload of State Treasurer letter head, he had his staff change their word processing template to black out former Treasurer Giannoulias’s name and print his name below it. This change saved the state a little over $1000 in paper costs to replace that letterhead.
Big deal right? Only $1000 in savings for a state that is hemorrhaging $$$BILLIONS of red ink? That’s nothing!
And you’re right. It’s nothing.
Dan Rutherford has also closed satellite offices, cut vehicle fleets, dropped extra phone lines, dropping Blackberries, and a host of other little cost savings that add up to about $75,000 per year. Still, it’s just a drop in the bucket compared to the massive budget deficit. But that $75,000 is enough to pay the salary and benefits of 1 worker. And the Treasurer’s Office operations budget is only a small cost center for the state. Imagine if all the hundreds of other state agencies implemented similar waste elimination programs….
Unfortunately, most of our state is still controlled by Democrats who don’t mind spending and taxing and spending some more. Dan Rutherford will be pushing them to make their offices more efficient, but he only has power over his little corner of the state. Too bad we don’t have a governor with the same mindset.