Minnesota and Wisconsin governors working together
The governors of Minnesota and Wisconsin have begun an initiative to combine efforts in certain areas, cutting $10 million in expenses for each state.
The collaboration of the two states began Jan. 13 and could result in the combination of one hunting and one fishing license for the two states.
According to the Pioneer Press, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle outlined five broad areas in the cost-saving plan:
• Joint procurement, the states are attempting to cut costs on small package deliveries.
• Cross-border collaboration, the states are looking into combining research projects and other wildlife initiatives.
• Information technology, the states would share technology to collect income tax and reduce fraud.
• Reciprocity, the states would allow over-sized trucks to get one permit for both states.
• Shared resources, the states hope to share law enforcement communication towers.
According to a report from the Star Tribune, the governors released a 130-page report outlining the areas where they could combine their efforts and cut costs.