Our new governor, Charlie Crist, has decided that state government needs to be easier to understand. This is a sneaky way of allowing the people who pay to operate the government to have a better idea of what it’s doing. It may lead to more citizen involvement, which means soon lobbyists and legislators will start complaining that the so-called “plain talk” order is a bad idea. But until they do, state agencies are required to start toning down the jargon.
I haven’t formed an opinion of Crist yet; I remain concerned about his notion that “growth will pay for itself,” which I consider absurd and provably false (look at the last 80 years of Florida history and tell me growth has paid for itself), but I don’t know whether he’ll do anything about that. So I’m going on what he does, instead of what he’s said; he’s a politician after all and nothing he says should be taken at face value anyway. Based on the “plain talk” initiative, I kinda like him.
But as the article linked here demonstrates (there’ve been a dozen such lately in papers across the state), Florida government agencies have a great deal of work to do in making themselves understood. The linked article demonstrates an “old version” and a “new version” of a letter, and I don’t really think the new version is all that great. Seems to me there’s ample opportunity here for state agencies to hire on staff solely to rewrite official documents.
I am offering myself for this position. I can work from home, and you can hire me as a temp. You can even hire me as an independent contractor, if you think it’s still important that your agency appear to be working with contractors instead of hiring new government employees. I work pretty cheap. And, frankly, you need me. So please respond with your agency’s name and a phone number where I can reach you.