Lest you think all news out of the Corbett administration is bad -- as in getting hammered nationally for suing the NCAA over Penn State sanctions (as he was in Friday's New York Times editorial) -- his office Thursday released, um, evidence of just how good things are really going.
Something called the Governor's Innovation Office put out a press release claiming that since its creation last March it has achieved "more than $84 million in cost savings and productivity gains."
Good, right? Savings are good. Productivity gains are good.
It's just that the only examples offered seem a tad soft and, well, smallish.
The release cites three highlights.
1) "An estimated $1.4 million" in savings from consolidation licensing operations in the Welfare Department.
2) Consolidated mail operations at Labor & Industry "expects to save $400,000."
3) State Police using "communication technology" to reduce troop meetings and therefore fuel costs leads to "estimates" of saving $10,000.
Maybe it's me, but these "innovations" seem sorta obvious, as in representing the kinds of things government should do as a matter of routine, and as in being estimates and expectations rather than take-it-to-bank money.
Also, the "highights" of saving "more than $84 million" total just $1.5 million.
Maybe that's because if you go into the website's (www.innovation.pa.gov) "success stories" you find stuff like big savings at the Liqour Control Board through better staff-scheduling at State Stores which, of course, Corbett wants to do away with.
Still, savings anywhere are good. And I'm betting citizens have some ideas on more savings. (There's a place on the Website to offer same). And, look, any money saved can go to paying what's certain to be huge legal fees to outside counsel for that NCAA litigation.