R. Bruce Carnevale 2014-08-28 06:24:43
Results In business, it’s all about results. We’re measured on “results achieved,” not “tasks completed.” Many argue that government should be run like a business, and while I generally agree, there are many different roles of government that prevent it from being run just like a business. One thing that should be the same, however: Our governments should be held accountable for results. Google “results-based government.” Astonishingly, there are few results. Most relate to a much narrower concept, such as “results-based budgeting,” or stories on the successes of Canada’s provincial governments. Results-based government, however, is not a pipe dream. In fact, we see it every day in many states and municipalities that have transitioned from huge deficits to sizable surpluses in a relatively short period of time. At the same time they’ve gotten their fiscal house in order, they’ve posted strong results in employment gains, tax reform, improved business climates, sensible regulations, and improved results in education and other social programs. Government can and does work when we hold our elected officials accountable for the results of their legislative actions. My opening letter in the last issue of PB Outlook urged you to get involved With your members of Congress. The next level of involvement is to hold them accountable for results. Simply passing legislation is not enough.You need to challenge your representatives to evaluate the actual results versus the expected outcomes. If the outcomes were not what was expected, why not? And, more importantly, what are they doing to adjust based on reality? This is where you come in: You are the expert on your business and the things that affect it.Help your representatives understand the effects that legislation and regulation have on your business, and give them simple guidance on common- sense reforms that they can feel good about supporting. If you don’t, someone else will. Thank you, R. Bruce Carnevale BY R. Bruce Carnevale Executive Vice President-Sales and Marketing, Bradford White Corp; Chairman, American Supply Association’s Plumbing Division.
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