INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – State Government has acquired expensive new software that will help the Pence Administration manage the money residents pay in taxes. The governor says it’s an advantage no other state has.
It’s a new way to help analyze statistics on things like drug arrests, disease reports, car crashes, or even infant mortality trends. It will help direct state officials on where to deploy state resources and will lead to the elimination of ineffective state programs.
In the basement of the Statehouse hidden from public view there is a shiny, new technology center. The Pence Administration calls it the Management and Performance Hub.
It’s home to new computer equipment that Budget Director Chris Atkins demonstrated for the media. He pulled up statewide accident statistics in a matter of seconds.
“In the past it would have taken days or weeks to sift through the data and gather the information,” he said, “that we can gather just sitting here looking at this map.”
It will help policy makers and the public figure out how well state money is being spent. The idea is locate trends and respond appropriately.
“Welcome to the future of state government,” said Governor Mike Pence (R-Indiana.)
In a space that once housed eight state workers, 16 will now sift through public information that will eventually be posted on the state website.
“We’re committed to having the most efficient and effective and transparent state government in America,” said Pence, “and this is going to give us the tools to do that.”
Much of the money for this technology center came from a Lilly Endowment grant. Some will come from cost savings that will result from better use of taxpayer dollars.
The software alone will cost half a million dollars a year but the governor says that in six years the technology will pay for itself.
It’s up and running but much of the information is stilling being downloaded.