Gov. Tim Pawlenty says a government streamlining effort will save state and local administrations more than $250 million through July 2011.
The Republican governor's office issued a news release Thursday touting the savings from the "Drive to Excellence" initiative headed by Administration Commissioner Sheila Reger.
Pawlenty says Minnesota governments will save more than $150 million by setting standards for computers, photocopiers, cell phones and other office goods.
He also says negotiating contracts will lead to $95 million in savings.
The numbers come from a report Reger presented to Pawlenty last month. The report was posted on the Department of Administration's Web site more than three weeks ago.
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