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Minnesota's fiscal crisis bringing forth ideas to improve government efficiency

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While it's not good news that the state faces a $1.2 billion shortfall in the current biennium, the crisis forces all of us to scrutinize government services and expenditures more closely than ever.

Already, individuals and organizations are contacting legislators with their own ideas. Among them:

• Save $80 million by reducing outsourced work that could be performed by existing state employees

• Freeze out-of-state travel for state agencies

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