Howard Marklein: Objecting for a better deal

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The legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) recently approved a lease for the Department of Corrections (DOC) that saves taxpayers $322,000 over five years. If both five year extensions of the lease are exercised, it will save more than $1 million. But this savings would not have occurred without an objection by the JFC.

The JFC is the legislature’s budget-writing and financial management committee. We have a mechanism where state agencies, like the DOC, sen...

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