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      Results Minnesota: Reforming State Government

      Posted on December 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM

      Governor Dayton, Commissioner Cassellius, and Melissa Schaller, Special Education Director for Intermediate School District #917 compare original TSES and reduced TSES packets.

      Two years into his administration, Governor Mark Dayton remains committed to building a better Government for a Better Minnesota.

      One important aspect of continuing this progress is improving the value, efficiency, and accountability of state government. Building a better government for Minnesota requires new thinking, and changing the way the state conducts its business. Governor Dayton is focused on using every tax dollar wisely to deliver valuable services that improve the lives of Minnesotans. This includes using new technology to improve efficiency and reduce waste, controlling cost increases, and eliminating programs that don’t work.

      In the Spotlight

      The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has significantly reduced time-consuming, burdensome paperwork for special education teachers and administrators. MDE reduced a 279 page special education manual to just 16 pages – a 94 percent reduction in paperwork.

      The manual used to take several teachers and administrators more than 40 hours to complete. But Melissa Schaller, a special education administrator from Rosemount, completed the new manual by herself in less than three hours.

      Reducing unnecessary piles of paperwork means administrators and teachers can direct more of their time and attention to students with disabilities.

      Delivering Results

      • Reducing Fuel Consumption in Metro Transit Buses – Improved the fuel economy of 900 Metro Transit buses by 11.7%, conserving about 800,000 gallons of fuel and saving an estimated $2.8 million per year.

      • Saving Millions in Future Tax Revenue – Saved $127 million by taking advantage of low interest rates to refinance wastewater and tobacco bonds.

      • Making it Easier for Electricians to Get Permits – Reduced the time it takes to receive an electrical permit from 6 weeks to just 1-3 days.

      • Saving Tax Dollars Through Purchasing Reform – Made Minnesota a better purchaser of health care, saving an estimated $600 million through managed care reform, competitive bidding, and capping profits at 1%.

      • Reducing the Cost of Health Care Administration – Worked with the health care industry to reduce the costs of exchanging common health care administrative transactions, resulting in $40-60 million in savings.

      • Helping Minnesotans Find Lost Money – Reduced the time it takes to process some Unclaimed Property claims from 90 days to 48 hours. Collected 8% more property from holders with improved audits. Helped 7,200 consumers find and claim money in 2012, a 13% increase.

      • Improving Milk Inspection for Dairy Farmers – Implemented an electronic system that ensures accuracy and reduced the time it takes to issue an enforcement action from six weeks to just one week (84%).

      • Delivering Valuable, Efficient Public Services – Provided Lean training to over 2,700 employees from 21 state agencies, 44 counties, and 13 cities. Complete 124 kaizen events resulting in average time savings of 68 percent and cost savings of $98,000 per event (est. $12.2 million).

      • Going Paperless – converted predatory offender files into a paperless system; an estimated 4.2 million pages of documents will be converted.

      • Increasing the Productivity of the State’s Mineral Resources – Used better land management to increase mining royalties to the state by 43% over the previous record, collecting $86.5 million in the last two years.

      • Speeding Up Permits for Businesses – Improved the efficiency of issuing environmental permits, with 84% complete in less than 150 days.