The list documents some of the "draconian" cuts being undertaken by state agencies during this budget crisis. A small sample:
unless deemed necessary by a Division Director and approved by a Deputy
· Limiting travel to core mission
Limiting purchases to very essentials
Purchases limited to
and training are not being conducted unless critical to public safety or
required to maintain certification, such as for law enforcement
employee orientation is being placed on-line, vs. on-site at DCR
shut down overnight or other extended times.
equipment purchases, such as automobiles, are delayed unless critical to
and travel only when necessary
All purchases are limited to
essential or emergency.
The hiring of additional
temporaries is not allowed unless necessary for public health or safety
travel not related to core activities has been cancelled
Why do we need to be facing a massive budget deficit before agencies limit themselves to only activities deemed "essential" or part of the "core mission." Can we infer that anything else is wasteful spending and unnecessary? It seems to me that government should be only spending our tax dollars on "essential" items to begin with. How wasteful our government must be when an agency brags that one of its cuts is to turn their computers off at night?