The Legislative Joint Audit Committee this morning is discussing a new report by Legislative Audit on the impact of Governor Hutchinson’s “transformation” project that combined some agencies into bigger departments.

Well, spending went up dramatically, thanks in part to the infusion in federal pandemic aid.

Here’s the summary:

So spending went way up. The “transformation” savings mainly amounted to keeping jobs vacant. And understand that while $1.6 million, or even $57.9 million sounds like a lot, it’s loose change sum from agencies spending in sum, almost $20 BILLION. It also was cushioned by all those added federal dollars. A majority of the claimed savings came from Corrections and Parks both agencies impacted by the pandemic — fewer prisoners and restricted park use.

But you know how these things work. Those who dream them up proclaim them successful.

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