Efficiency isn’t best way to evaluate government

Commentary | July 21, 2010 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

As the recession continues bumping along, the governor has responded with a call for "transforming Washington's budget." As this "transforming" process heats up, we'll no doubt hear a lot about making government more "efficient," like the private sector. And that should raise a big red flag, because an economist would tell you that efficiency isn't really what you want to measure when it comes to governing well. How's that, you say? We want government to be inefficient? Well, not exactly.

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