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Horatio Maurice Peabody worked out of a cubbyhole at Michigan’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB.) Mr. Peabody’s desk had three monitors, one ten-key adding machine, three legal pads, and a Yahtzee cup of pens and pencils on it.
His job was to analyze where too little money was taken in and too much money was spent in the annual budget. Mr. Peabody noticed not enough employment taxes were being taken in and too much was spent on the criminal justice system.
Personal home privatization of prisoner incarceration was encouraged. Maximum number of cells per basement was capped at three.
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