WASHINGTON STATE WANT TO SHUT DOWN STATE PRINTING OFFICE

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WASHINGTON STATE WANT TO SHUT DOWN STATE PRINTING OFFICE

 user 2011-02-09 at 9:50:07 am Views: 51
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    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorials/2014134581_edit07printer.html

    WASHINGTON STATE WANT TO SHUT DOWN STATE PRINTING OFFICE
    The Seattle Times editorial board supports Senate Bill 5523, by Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, to close Washington’s state printer.THE Legislature should have closed the state printer years ago. Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, proposed this last year and his colleagues did not have the backbone to do it. This year they should back his proposal, Senate Bill 5523, to close the printer by July 1.The state’s Department of Printing runs an offset print shop, bindery and envelope manufactory for other state agencies and for some outside customers.

    The latest audit by the Office of Financial Management — a fellow state agency — gives it fairly good scores, but criticizes it for having no measures of productivity in its work for the state. The measures it does use, OFM says, are mostly “from the agency’s perspective rather than things that matter to customers.”Until last year, state agencies were required to use the state printer, and still they are charged part of its overhead whether they patronize it or not. The Senate has not been required to use it and, Tom says, “We don’t use it. We use an outside printer.”

    There is no advantage to the public for state agencies to have a captive print shop run by government employees. Without it, state agencies will have to shop around like everyone else. If they do this well, they might even save some money — and they will support companies that pay taxes.There is another reason. In the state’s financial crisis, the state printer is low-hanging fruit — and one of the few such ones left. Politicians’ willingness to support Tom’s bill is a measure of how serious they are in their talk of reforming government.If the Legislature cannot do this now, it is useless.

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