The U.S.-based National Commission on Writing estimates that U.S. state governments spend $221 million a year trying to get their employees to write clearly.
The organization is lobbying educational institutions to improve the quality of writing instruction during school, before Americans enter the workforce.
See Poor writing costs taxpayers millions, Associated Press, Justin Pope.
And Pete Shinbach asks, "How difficult is it to speak or write clearly?"
My answer to Pete's question is, "very difficult". It's one of the toughest things I do -- removing ambiguity and fuzziness from my written and spoken language.