The cost of doing business is linked with how business is conducted. And, Governor Matt Blunt (R-MO) is touting what he calls significant and measurable improvement and cost savings in how the state manages employees’ business-related vehicle travel.
The key component of this effort to find a less expensive way to travel is to have state employees using state vehicles or renting cars rather than using their own vehicles and charging the state for mileage. The state pays 47-and-a-half cents for each mile reimbursed to state employees. That compares to what amounts to 35 cents per mile traveled in a rental vehicle and 28 cents a mile in a state owned vehicle.
Blunt says the focus on less expensive travel has saved Missouri taxpayers $15-million since he took office. Missouri workers historically travel about 190-million miles each year on official business.