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WSDOT team refuses prize money for saving taxpayers millions

Via KOMO News: A group of state workers, recognized for saving taxpayers millions of dollars, has rejected prize money for their innovative efforts.The praised workers managed to save taxpayers some $6 million by figuring out the hidden costs behind deicing salt. And the plan they put in place will save additional funds over the coming years.
“A lot of state’s paying $30 to $60 a ton when we were paying $150 a ton,” said Chris Christopher, director of maintenance operations for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Turns out it’s freight and not salt that drives up the cost. Contract clauses and rigid specifications limited the number of vendors competing for Washington state’s salt business
The winter warriors changed proposals, more than tripled the number of vendors bidding, and now has salt barged in from Chile or Mexico instead of railed in from Utah. The difference for taxpayers has been about $6 million over the past three years.
The state productivity board honored the WSDOT team last week, and was willing to pay each team member $10,000But this team refused the reward.
Really couldn’t, in good conscience, take what we felt was a very hard reward for essentially doing our jobs, what we felt was our responsibility to the public,” said Monty Mills. “It’s a lot of bucks, yes, and we had a little explaining to do at home.” The snow and ice team still divvied up a smaller reward of $1,000, but says the real reward is knowing they’re saving the rest of us taxpayers $2 million in salt costs this winter.
Kudos to these men for doing their jobs and finding ways to reduce costs to taxpayers! If only that was the mindset of every government employee, especially at the federal level.


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Dr. Eowyn

These men give us hope.


This is hysterical. Outsourcing is the problem. Off shoring corporate profits is just exacerbates the budget.

So let me get this straight. They wanted to reward workers for saving the tax payer six million dollars. And how did they do that? They took the bread away from Americans by giving the business overseas.

If these guys are worth six million in prize money Walmart, Nike, and for crying out loud, (notice no “J” word), all the fascist blue chip companies should get an award for a billion.

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Two or three winters ago, Seattle was paralyzed for a couple of weeks with below freezing temperatures and more snow than we usually see in a decade. Our Agenda 21 poster-boy Mayor, Greg Nichols, had mandated “no salt” to be mixed with sand for de-icing and snow removal. I hate to think how many millions of dollars were lost in productivity and road accidents due to that a$$hat’s politically correctness. I know it was a major factor in his loss in the following election. When you need salt, YOU NEED SALT! If these guys figured out how to get it… Read more »


And these firemen, too…