Instantiate systemic cost/efficiency improvements into the government culture by making it part of every manager’s yearly objectives. Every year each agencies objective would be to achieve a 10% cost/efficiency improvement that is metric driven (i.e. time, cost, etc.). Select the best 10 cost/efficiency improving ideas and develop an implementation plan with champions to achieve these goals within a year.
IF local cities, counties and state governments cannot afford their luxurious police, fire and park departments with their great pension plans and 20 year retirements, then those entities need to tighten belts and refuse federal grant money. Fiscal conserviative governement begins at home. End grants to those entities.