Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Wait? You Want Evidence?
More on that ID story yesterday in which the state drug czar is asking for $25 m. for drug treatment programs and the gov’s recommending $3. Turns out the gov is saying things like "Just like I've demanded from every department: 'What are you doing with the money you've got now?'" Otter told The Associated Press on Monday. "They couldn't go through each charge and tell me what the success or the failure rate was." Short-term, ID might be harmed a bit by the denial of funds, but long-term, this is a good thing in my former state budget analyst opinion. Get your data collection and analysis built and prove the need for expenditure. Show that your request gets the job done the best it can be for the dollars available or could do even better with more dollars. Something we seldom do in corr sent and results in the horrible results we’ve seen in both crime and waste for decades now. If it’s coming from a conservative state like ID, maybe there’s hope for all of us. (h/t Crime and Justice News)