Those measures include sending out postcards instead of letters to remind businesses and organizations about filing deadlines. Her office also now notifies other state agencies about filings electronically, and no longer issues a paper copy of a monthly corporations report. The changes saved about $100,000 last year, Tennant said.
"It saved us labor costs and time," she said.
The Business and Licensing Division has reduced costs by changing an antiquated refund system, Tennant told Kiss in the letter. Because of those savings the office lowered "late fees" for businesses and nonprofits that miss filing deadlines, she said.
Tennant said her office also is now processing business registration applications and licenses -- forms previously handled by the state Tax Department.
"We now handle the paperwork here, so they don't also have to go to the Tax Department," Tennant said. "This is government working hand in hand and working efficiently.
Tennant said she isn't sure how state lawmakers would redistribute the $3 million. She said she would offer suggestions, if asked.
"I'm a fiscal hawk," she said. "This was just more money than I had spending authority for."
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