Have Ideas About How to Improve State Government? Senator Spilka Wants to Hear From You!
Senator Karen Spilka announces an exciting opportunity for Massachusetts residents to get involved in improving the way state government works.
Pioneer Institute, a non-profit public policy research group, is sponsoring the 19th Better Government Competition (BGC), which annually seeks ideas from individuals about how to improve government efficiency and effectiveness. The BGC provides an unrivaled opportunity for citizen involvement in the development of government policy. Implementation of winning ideas from previous Competitions has saved taxpayers more than $500 million.
The theme of the 2010 competition is Governing in Times of Crisis, and its focus is budget management and savings. Pioneer seeks innovative ideas for reform that would lessen the strain on state and local budgets by reengineering or outsourcing existing programs, implementing new policies with minimal or non-existent incremental costs, eliminating non-core or duplicative programs, or creating durable mechanisms to avoid future fiscal crisis.
In order to improve the efficiency of state and local budgets and strengthen our economy for both businesses and individuals, Pioneer needs the involvement of concerned Massachusetts citizens. Entries may describe proven programs that have been recently implemented, or innovations not yet undertaken. We encourage entries that will enhance state, county and municipal government operations.
The winner will receive a $10,000 prize presented at the BGC Awards Dinner in June 2010. Runners-up will each receive a $1,000 prize for their proposals to improve government.
“Making government more efficient should always be our goal and I urge my constituents to participate by sending in an entry,” said Senator Spilka.
“Getting the citizens of the Commonwealth more involved in thinking about the work of government and public service is a core piece of what Pioneer is about,” said Jim Stergios, Executive Director of Pioneer Institute. “We greatly appreciate Senator Spilka working with us to broaden our ability to attract good ideas from across the state.”