When Gov. Martin O'Malley announced his first budget, he said he would not rule out tax increases in the future. But first, he said, he would look for waste in government.
Waste in government has always been easier to talk about than to actually locate, but this week the governor deployed a tool that just might unearth some.
The (Baltimore) Sun on Monday reported that O'Malley will come to Annapolis with a new version of CitiStat - described as a statistics-based government management program.
Called StateStat, the new system will cost about $360,000 a year. As described by The Sun's Justin Fenton, the program and its staff gathered a lot of information about the delivery of city services, analyzed it to look for trends and sometimes forced officials to justify their department's performance.