ROCKFORD, Ill. – To protect residents from wasteful government spending, state Rep. Dave Vella, D-Rockford, was appointed to serve on the State Government Suggestion Award Board, which works to find ways to make state government as efficient as possible in order to maximize the effectiveness of state funds.
“With the many vital services and programs that our tax dollars are used for, such as relief for small businesses and working families, we cannot allow resources to be wasted due to government inefficiency,” said Vella. “It is critical that we are not wasting valuable resources due to the misuse of taxpayer dollars that could otherwise be going to improving the lives of Illinoisans.”
Last week, Vella was appointed to the State Government Suggestion Award Board, which receives suggestions from state employees on how to cut down on inefficiency and waste to save money for the state. Being part of the board is just one way that Vella is working to improve state government and use state resources efficiently. He refused a taxpayer-backed pension and introduced legislation barring future state legislators from receiving a pension. Vella also helped pass comprehensive ethics reform that closed loopholes allowing politicians to receive pay for days they did not work.
“With the many issues that residents are facing, it would be irresponsible to not find every possible way to maximize the support we are able to provide our communities,” said Vella. “Whether through additional legislation or through working with my colleagues on the board, I look forward to continuing to cut down on government waste and ensuring that our tax dollars are going to those who need it most.”