Bob Springmeyer, the good jobs, good education, good health, good government candidate for Utah governor, pledged today to scour every state office and program for cost cuts and efficiencies.
"Utah is feeling the pinch of the economic downturn affecting other states in the country," said Springmeyer, citing recent figures that show a decline in the growth of Utah jobs for the tenth month in a row. Even without a doubling of gas prices in the past year we are overdue in evaluating twenty four years of legislative leadership that refuses to listen to and be responsive to Utahns.
"We cannot wait any longer. It's time to step up and conduct a thorough review of every agency in state government, who we serve and how we serve - top to bottom, inside and out." "I want to know what works, and what doesn't.
Four dollar gas means we can't do business the old ways any longer," said Springmeyer. Bob also suggested that we may need to look at some state employees working four days per week to reduce the environmental and cost impacts of commuting. "In no way can this reduce the availability and responsiveness of state services" said Springmeyer.
Springmeyer is proposing to appoint a Performance Review Commission of private-sector executives, elected officials and senior-level state employees to conduct a thorough review of every agency in state government. Governor Cal Rampton set up his, "Little Hoover" Commission as a public/private partnership to evaluate state government - "It is time we have a state government that listens to and is responsive to all Utahns," said Springmeyer.
Springmeyer has operated his own management consulting business for 30 years. The company, Bonneville Research, specializes in strategic planning and economic development. Springmeyer was born in Provo and raised in Ogden and Sugarhouse. He attended the University of Utah where he earned degrees in economics and political science.
Springmeyer has a long record of working to make Utah communities better places to live. At the recent State Democratic Convention, Springmeyer was nominated to be his party's standard bearer by 88 percent of the vote. Josie Valdez was nominated to run as his lieutenant governor.