California utilizes the equivalent of one 100 foot tall tree per person per year in forest products i.e. PAPER!The State of California has done a good job of providing services in some sectors of its public needs, in others not so much. Going electronic can vastly improve all state services for the general public by improving parts that are not fairing so well and making better the ones that are doing well. Going paperless in the state in all sectors of its public services is the future, and the future is here. Here are some reasons why California should move in the direction of going paperless and into the digital age in the next decade:
- There simply aren’t enough state employees to provide proper public services to the ever growing population of California, some 39 million people today that is projected to grow to 51 million by 2050. The number of state employees required to provide the services doesn’t exist and not everyone in the state can work for the government.
- There just isn’t enough money to pay the necessary salaries for the number of state employees required to properly service the public sector
- There isn’t enough money to constantly build more and more buildings for services
- The California pension fund cannot grow to the point where taxes paid into the fund bankrupt the state
- California cannot continue to raise taxes to pay for public services as that will stifle the economy rather than grow it because for every dollar saved by the regular consumer, rather than paying taxes of which a large portion go towards paying for public services, will keep wealth in their local economy. Consumers who pay less taxes will have more disposable income to spend in other sectors of the economy, such as housing and services. Spending in these sectors keeps more wealth moving within local economies and will drive job creation.
What are the Total Potential Annual Savings by the State of California by going digital?Take the DMV for instance – $250,833,333 in annual savings just by going digital and that’s just the beginning with savings nearing a $ Billion annually
The California public school system may save as much as $1200 per student per year by going digital and paperless within a decade – with an enrolment of 6,221,000 students in K-12 that is more than a $7 Billion savings annually. However, the transition to paperless is gradual and savings slowly increase each year starting with $100-$150 per student initially and growing each year thereafter.
The state of California may save as much as $500 per person per year by going paperless in its service sector within a decade leading to several $ Billion in annual savings to the state budget.
Reference and quotation below directly from OCEANSIDE CHAMBER BLOG, BENEFITS OF GOING PAPERLESS, 1/8/2016
“The savings of going paperless extends beyond just the cost of the paper, which can be substantial. Printing costs can include toner, ink, printers and their maintenance. By eliminating printing, a company can save $500 per person per year in these supplies. Photocopier costs can also be very expensive to purchase and maintain. By going paperless, employees can access and edit digital documents then electronically send to others or save it for future use. Stored documents can also be accessed simultaneously, omitting the use of multiple copies. Storage of paper files can take up so much space in an office that sometimes additional storage facilities are used. With a paperless approach, no storage facility fees are necessary and can be a dramatic cost savings for a company.”
The California Digital ID CardThe combined digital card: merge ID’s into one ID Card – a drivers license, social security, airline travel Id Card, Passport, and other. In other words California residents would have only one ID card for everything, travel, work, school, driving, health care, employment, benefits, etc. The card would be chipped and encrypted and insertable into a personal lap top to access state services, drivers renewal, car registration, school registration, bus service, bullet train service, health care, other state services and benefits, paying bills, opening up a business, etc. Eventually you could recharge your electric vehicle using the card and get carbon credits to buy other products. Military personnel overseas would no longer be out of touch and a simple insertion of their ID into a lap top would connect them with the state.
Small to medium businesses drive the economy and the resultant tax base – Going digital benefit to outside businesses?Allowing entrepreneurs who do not reside in California, but may reside in other states, or the European Union, China, Japan, Africa, India, Central or South America, or other countries to have electronic residence in California, and open a business in California, may just give the California Economy a major boost.
Opening California to small businesses worldwide so that they may have an electronic residence and an eFootprint in California and run a business may generate significant revenue for the state and provide services not readily available in California today.