One small change to save big bucks?

Garamond EBy Bob Eschliman


Last year, Suvir Mirchandani, a student at Dorseyville Middle School in Pittsburgh, PA, calculated that by making one small change, he could save the federal government millions of dollars a year. Now an Iowa senator wants to see if it can save Iowa taxpayers, too.

State Sen. Bill Anderson (R-Pierson) offered Senate File 209 last week. The bill directs the Office of Chief Information Officer to coordinate with state agencies to change their documents to Garamond typeface.

The font, which is still legible but uses thinner strokes, saves on the use of both paper and ink, according to Mirchandani’s experimentations. Some professional graphic artists are skeptical, though.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on State Government. No government agencies or lobbyist groups have indicated support or opposition to the proposed legislation.