The New Hampshire Senate
Republican Majority Office
Bragdon and Senate GOP pushed for accountability over state cars
Concord, NH – Sen. Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) today congratulated state officials for cutting personal use of state vehicles by over a million miles a year. Bragdon was lead sponsor of legislation requiring more accountability by state departments in the non-business use of the state fleet, and reassignment of vehicles that had too many personal miles.
“For too long, New Hampshire government let managers drive state cars as a perk of their office,” Bragdon said. “By forcing agencies to account for how the state fleet is operating, we can better manage our resources, and make sure state cars are being driven for state business.”
Bragdon’s bill, SB 402, which passed overwhelmingly in 2010, requires state agencies to track personal use of state vehicles, such as when an employee uses a state car to commute from home to work. Vehicles that exceed 20% non-business use are sold or redistributed within the state fleet, unless the Department receives a waiver from the Governor and Legislative Fiscal Committee to keep the vehicle. The latest report submitted by the Department of Administrative Service show a reduction in non-business travel of 1,098,862 miles in just two years, cutting out personal use by 2/3rds.
The Department of Administrative Services estimates that the state fleet costs an average of $.55 per mile to operate, meaning that Bragdon’s bill is saving New Hampshire taxpayers over a half million dollars every year across state government.
“On rare occasions, letting a state employee drive a state car home for the night actually saves taxpayers money, but that should be the exception instead of the rule. And there’s no reason to give out state cars as perks to managers and department heads,” Bragdon explained. “We’ve reduced this personal use of state vehicles by 2/3rds in just two years, which shows that there are real savings in the state budget if we pay attention to the details.”