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and House Ways and Means committees consider it their job to know what state agencies are doing, and that is simply too massive a job for the two panels, whose subcommittees schedule as little as 15 minutes a year to review each agency. What we need is for the legislature to acknowledge that overseeing the operation of state agencies is not a budgetary function but a central duty of the legislature and that, as such, it is the job of the entire legislature, not just two committees. For several years, Sen. Vincent Sheheen .
But the idea that anyone was trying to keep it a secret is nearly as laughable as the companion idea: that questions about the way it was handled by the Budget and Control Board over which the governor clearly had no control somehow indicate that it would be risky to put the governor in charge of the duties of the board. There was nothing extraordinary about my accidental discovery of the data system. Journalists often find out about programs large and small when we happen to wander into the right conversation with the right person. What's scary is this: That's also the way legislators learn about the government they won't let the governor control. Before Mr. I doubt a half dozen could have told you whether it was on schedule (it was supposed to be fully operational by 2006) or on budget (the projected cost in 2004 was $65 million). Now, we can say that's their fault and ultimately, it is but the fact is that there's a Gold Nike Air Force
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because most people are not quite so fascinated by the wonkish interests that I share with Mr. Fusco and a handful of other policy experts in state government. That conversation has been very much on my mind in recent weeks, as the data system has come under increasing attack by Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell and his allies, who deride it as a secretive boondoggle. The jury's still out on the boondoggle charge, though I suspect that while we might have done with a less expensive system, this one will pay for itself many times over if it isn't torpedoed.
limit to how much any one can keep up with, so legislators have to trust each other to share important information.
ystem whose implementation he had been overseeing for several years. The fire trucks hidden in the budget, the ironically named "Competitive Grants" slush fund he had reluctantly administered and other examples of waste that Mr. Sanford and I and others were harping on were chump change, he told me. The real money was in the duplication and administrative overhead that he would be able to identify and eliminate once he got all 85 or so state agencies connected to this nifty new system, which would send their detailed, real time financial data to him and other fiscal Nike Air Force 1 Womens Brown watchdogs. I never wrote about it Nike Air Force 1 Black And White
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