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Opening Arguments

A good example

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources decided to replace its glossy, 44-page, color Indiana Fishing Guide with a six-page, green and white pamphlet. The cost went from about $100,000 to less than $20,000:

"We took out a lot of feature stories and advertising," said Phil Bloom, director of communications for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

[. . .]

The 2010 pamphlet still has the basic rules and regulations anglers need to follow. For people who want more, including some features and more information about specific species and locations, Bloom said the agency is working to put more online, at www.in.gov/dnr.

See there, that wasn't so hard, was it? Only $80,000 saved, sure, but that's just for one thing in one division of one department. Imagine if everyone in state government followed that example.


tim zank
Wed, 05/12/2010 - 8:01am

There are literally thousands of programs that could be cut just like this if anybody had the intestinal fortitude to do so.

Bob G.
Wed, 05/12/2010 - 8:52am

Hell, they could use LAST year's pamphlet, and just change the damn YEAR!
(the PA drivers test books were like that...decades of the same booklet ONLY change was the current year printed on them...that must have saved a LOT of bucks in those days.)

But that was a time when people READ things, too.
And, did a lot more for themselves...
And, didn't have their hands out to Uncle Sam...

Well, you get the idea.


john b. kalb
Wed, 05/12/2010 - 7:57pm

Bob - Remember that the main (or maybe, only) reason for the reprint each year was to get the newly elected names on the cover!

Bob G.
Thu, 05/13/2010 - 9:05am

Ahhhh...you NAILED it!!!
It's NOT about the pamphlet...just another P.R. tactic.
(shoulda known)

Guess using a hand stamp for the elected name BY the person elected wouldn't cut it, eh?
Yeah, that would be too much like REAL work (for them)...lol.