Consolidate area offices within some state departments
The Department of Lands was expanded to 14 area offices sometime back in the '70's. No explanation why. If you go to their website and click on Supervisory Area offices you see a wide discrepancy in the number of employees each Area Manager supervises and the amount of timber cut each year. One area manager appears to be supervising only 2 employees yet must be getting the same pay as the area supervisor who is supervising 25 employees! By consolidating you could reduce the number of areas to 8 or 9 and save the overhead from 5 or 6 areas. This could potentially reduce overhead by $1 to $1.5 million dollars a year. I'm sure IDL employees will tell you this will just increase costs with more travel time and heavier work loads. Well, before you believe them, ask them to prove it! I heard one of the largest area offices already has most of their employees on a 4 day - 10 hr/ day work week which they claim saves money - which I'm sure it does and I applaud them for that. Lets take it further eliminate a lot of unnecessary overhead across all state departments!