Give state employees a percentage of every dollar they save taxpayers — relative to a reasonable baseline.
Everyone can agree that state government wastes money. Rewarding government employees to streamline processes and save taxpayer resources (while improving quality, of course) seems like a no-brainer. If businesses do it successfully, why can’t governments? Bureaucrats can be entrepreneurial.
Here’s the other thing: if a group of people has a positive incentive to create internal efficiencies and reforms, they’re going to look over each other’s shoulders. That’s built in transparency. That’s where we need it. You could have every major N.C. Department adopt such an initiative and not only streamline the orgs, but save taxpayer dollars, and increase accountability. Incentives matter.