Vermont Tries Innovation As It Seeks Budget Cuts

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The hunt is on for $38 million worth of efficiencies in state government.

Gov. Jim Douglas yesterday signed into law a new program called "Challenges for Change," under which agencies across state government will be called on to look for savings in their operations.

Tom Evslin is the state’s chief technology officer, and says the effort won’t be focusing on traditional budget cuts, but on looking for new ways to deliver government services that are less expensive than old ones.

The $38 million savings target represents nearly a quarter of a $150 million budget gap the Douglas administration and lawmakers are trying to close.

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