Albany -- Georgia's first Chief Operating Officer says the state working like a business has helped it through a budget crisis. James Lientz was appointed to the newly created post by Governor Sonny Perdue.
The past president of Bank of America is charged with stream lining state bureaucracy, and make it operate more like a business. Lientz said that helped Georgia during tough economic times. "We can find ways to be more effective. Frankly, we're seeing revenue begin to grow in Georgia. I will trust that will continue to happen. But in the meantime we have to be responsible and find ways to trim back."
Governor Perdue mandated that Lientz make Georgia the best managed state by 2007.