If a state drug commission on alcohol and drugs can save taxpayers $160,000 by eliminating frills and staff, why can't other agencies do the same thing? Dr. Neil Solomon has wasted little time as the group's new chairman axing mileage allowances and car phones and reducing staff to make it a frill-free drug commission.
Whatever money is left will be directed toward "people programs," says Dr. Solomon. The 53-member panel thus will have to work harder and do so out of commitment to the task at hand, without reimbursement for incurred expenses. That's volunteerism at its finest -- and a model for all other commissions and agencies to emulate.