Morse gives new life for government accountability measure

From Senate Republican Office 12/20/07:

A bill to hold state agencies and government programs accountable for resources and results will work its way through the legislature again this February, this time with hope of the Governor’s signature. Senate Bill 1039, a similar performance excellence and continuous improvement bill introduced by Senator Frank Morse (R-Albany) last session, passed the legislature in 2007 with only one dissenting vote but fell victim to the Governor’s veto pen.

“I think we have reached a solution that will help government achieve higher standards of performance,” said Morse. “This bill puts in statute the concept of continuous improvement and its implementation will be a collaborative effort between the legislature and the governor.”

Senator Morse’s bill will establish a committee that oversees the planning and implementation of performance measurements and process improvements across state government. Programs that meet set goals and expectations will be offered recognition and incentives. The goal will be real and specific data that measures success and failure in government, and encourages continuous improvement and efficiency in the way government operates.

“Oregonians want to see government prioritize, eliminate waste and spend money where it is most effective,” said Morse. “When there is no way to tell if taxpayer dollars are doing a good job or not, the public is justified in being skeptical of how government does business.”

Senate Bill 1039 gained widespread support in the 2007 session. The bill passed both chambers and three committees with only one vote in opposition. Senate bill 1039 was the only policy bill to be vetoed by the Governor, and the only government accountability measure to pass out of the legislature last session.

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  • Jerry

    Just wondered what the bill calls for in regard to the countless programs that are failing, not doing well, wasting resources, etc. If the successful ones get recognition and incentives then the bad ones should be disbanded or cancelled immediately.

    It is no surprise this do-nothing governor would veto accountability in state government. If there was any he would appear far worse than he does now, which is hard to think possible.

  • Steven

    Just say it was an idea from the illegal mexican community and sleepy ted will make it happen today. Typical demoflap cut and run from a good idea.

  • friends of meatpuppet

    Wow what would happen if their jobs depended on it like in the real world of employment. If they fail to meet standards goals and performance guidelines they should meet up with the executioners ax and be cut from the teat of the public pocket book permanently. but it will never happen as the elites will never allow it.

    • Captain_Anon

      except in the private world massive failures often times come with a nice severance package

      • Jerry

        Fine, then give Ted his golden parachute and get him gone!

      • Reality Guy

        Unfortunately it’s the executives that get the “Golden Parachutes” not the rest of the staff. They mostly get left by the side of the road.
        What’s bad about government is that unless you commit and get convicted of a felony – there is no downside to poor performance.

        • Anonymous

          that’s perception and not reality. i know of a local department that has fired five staffers for performance issues in the last 5 years. Two were after almost a year working, 1 was after 6 months, 1 was after 4 months and 1 was after just one month.

  • Jeff

    If it had only one dissenting vote, isn’t there a method in Oregon to override a veto?

    • RinoWatch

      I’ve been waiting for your comment Jeff. My take is that this bill was merely political cover (stunt) for Reps & Senators to say they were for “accountability”, the D’s knowing full well it would die at the hands of a veto.

      Teddy has nothing to worry about–he is done in 2012.

      As for Morse – beware of the RINO….

  • John

    They could have overridden this but everyone knows as well as I do that the Ds would never allow a veto vote because it would not look good for TK to have his own party rebuking him. Witness the Rs refusing to override Bush’s vetos on some issues in Congress even if they don’t agree with him because it would look bad for all of them.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe we’ll luck out and Ted will run off with Hilliary while in Iowa and forget to come back

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