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Privatizing Toll Roads, Year-Round Schools for Florida Efficiency

Privatizing Citizens Property Insurance, schools, prisons, airports, seaports and toll roads were among suggestions proposed Monday by members of the Florida Government Efficiency Task Force.

Also tossed on the table by task force members were reducing sentencing time for juvenile misdemeanor offenders, consolidating government agencies, eliminating business regulations, downloading textbooks rather than buying hard copy editions, and going to year-round schooling.

How about setting a benchmark of one state employee for every specified number of state residents, or even just going to an electronic time card system for all state employees?

We cant legislate good or bad behavior, but we can look at policy on how to motivate that change, said Task Force Chairman Abraham Uccello, who was appointed by Gov. Scott.

Uccello said the state also needs to better use available technologies.

No fiscal estimates were offered on any of the proposals as members of the task force for the first time gave their own proposals to meet Gov. Rick Scotts request for $3 billion in savings in four years.

The 15-member task force, comprised of appointees from Gov. Scott, House Speaker Dean Cannon and Senate President Mike Haridopolos, is required by voters to meet once every four years. For the next couple of months the committee will meet to craft recommendations for the governor, Legislature and Supreme Court.

Uccello hoped to have the first recommendations ready for the different government bodies by late autumn.

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