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Governments all over are scrambling to find ways to save money while coming as close as they can to providing the services people expect. Here’s one. As a part of overall government expenses it’s not large. But it’s an option that could save taxpayer money while impairing service not a bit.

The Oregonian has an article about it today: “Multnomah County officials have decided to dump Microsoft in favor of Google, expecting to shave as much as $600,000 a year from the county budget.”

MultCo is apparently the first governmental entity in the Northwest to do this, though a number of other metro areas around the country have begun to take the step.

They could go even further, since there are some small costs associated with Google: They could go to all-open source, and pay not software costs at all.

So ask yourself: Why aren’t more of them doing it?

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