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 9:51:41 am Views: 43
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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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