The state entity whose job it is to identify poor performance in state government has identified nearly $80 million in one-time savings and another $60 million in recurring savings over the past five years.
But state legislators have only implemented about $17 million in recurring savings and just $2.5 million in one-time savings during that time.
The General Assembly created the Program Evaluation Division in 2007 to weed out wasteful programs. Its most recent report to the Joint Program Evaluation Oversight Committee presented those numbers.
The division has looked at such issues as the N.C. Railroad, state aircraft, state attractions, vehicles inspections and vehicle emissions. It will be presenting a comprehensive five-year report to lawmakers next month.