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Sales Tax Reform in the 2019 Legislative Session

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The way state and local sales taxes are currently set up is not conducive to Utah’s prosperity long term. Middle- and low- income residents pay a higher percentage of their incomes in state and local taxes than high-income households. And, to make matters more serious, the sales tax base is eroding. Around 40 percent of economic transactions are covered by …

Just Too Busy?

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3 Ways to Make Certain We Work on Our Work by Kristen Cox, Executive Director For the past few weeks I have been fumbling through my sock drawer every morning trying to find the right pair of socks for the day. As a blind person, I use a system to help organize my socks so I don’t confuse brown socks …

ABSENT Goals: 6 Ways To Set Goals

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by Kristen Cox, Executive Director High performing organizations consistently get one thing right—the ability to set clear, measurable, and ambitious goals. Everything else, from investing new money to introducing new strategies, hinges on the ability to get this one critical action right. It may seem obvious—but too often the need to establish goals is overlooked. In the majority of systems …

When Demand Exceeds Revenue

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by Rick Little, Director, Performance Measures In working with measures for the SUCCESS Framework, I receive repeated comments from agencies about the relationships between the three variables of quality (Q), throughput (T), and operating expenses (OE). Here are a few examples: “Our costs are fixed and quality is high. Our system QT/OE can only be improved if we increase throughput. We …

Efficient Efficiencies

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Where to Begin when Trying to Improve Performance by Kristen Cox, Executive Director Where should one begin when trying to improve an organization’s performance and cost efficiencies? The first tendency is often to go directly to reducing expenditures or budgets—assuming that by so doing the organization will automatically become more cost efficient. Those within the process improvement community would likely …

4 Ways to Strengthen $$ Requests

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by Kristen Cox, Executive Director In preparing the Governor’s budget recommendations, the GOMB staff had the opportunity to review a multitude of budget requests. While a number of requests were meritorious at face value, many did not answer the key questions decision makers or the public would expect to be addressed when justifying requests for additional funds. What follows are …

The 4 Key Questions of Budgeting

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by Kristen Cox, Executive Director As GOMB comes to the final stretch of preparing the Governor’s budget recommendations, we find ourselves asking the same 4 key questions time and time again … 1. How do we know if the programs and services the state provides really work? In concert with the new budgeting process, GOMB is in the process of …

2 Basic Avenues of EBP

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by Nate Talley, Budget, Revenue, and Policy Analyst Imagine that someone you know is unemployed. Then suppose this individual enrolls in the Department of Workforce Services’ labor exchange system, becomes connected with a hiring employer, and subsequently secures employment. Now answer the question, “Was the DWS labor exchange system effective?” The intuitive and seemingly obvious answer is “yes” because in …

Why QT/OE?

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by Rick Little, Performance Measures Director Prospective home buyers ask a lot of questions. How much does the house cost? How many square feet does it have? Where is the property located? What are the current mortgage rates for 15 and 30 years? Almost unconsciously, the answers to these questions provide buyers with a sense of the size and desirable …

It’s a Point of View

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by Kristen Cox, GOMB Executive Director Organizations have multiple dimensions—those that are easy to observe and those that are difficult to notice if one doesn’t know where to look for them. Without seeing the full picture, we often misdiagnose a problem and treat the symptoms rather than address the root cause. A careful examination of trees can teach us a …