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Economic Development

Paying for school bus use

Have public school students riding buses require a bus pass. Something not too ridiculous, like $10 a month or have a family plan like $15/month. Those buses must be costly to maintain/insure/fill with gas. Parents who don't like it can drive their kids or have them walk/bike to school. Obviously this would need low income standards as well.

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Effective Government

cut your 51 million, plus these millions and you have saved a few bucks

The Boise Cascade property in Yakima WA. 25 million in public funding from the state community economic revitalization board and an EQUAL AMOUNT OF MONIES from the city of yakima. Wow!! talk about corporate welfare! You cut 51 million dollars and fiance this instead! Yakima is being pressured to give the "Bears' local baseball team, A 20 MILLION DOLLAR STADIUM because they are "bleeding" ! So the public should pay? ...more »

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Effective Government

Run state business like the private sector

Run state business like the private sectors such as; Employees- give merit raises to those that are performing above standards, and the rest who choose to treat their employment as a paycheck only, cut them loose. Resources- Don't let them sit and rot, or collect dust. Use them or sell them versus buying new, or letting them sit to become a waste for the state. General fund- Many taxpayers are tired of being taxed ...more »

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Effective Government

Expand use of Dispute Resolution Centers

I suggest you...Expand use of Dispute Resolution Centers (DRCs). DRCs are private, not-for-profit, or public agencies serving individuals, families, businesses and courts. Since 1984, twenty local DRCs have been established to provide alternative dispute resolution, mediation and training services. Centers are mandated to provide services independent of clients' ability to pay, guaranteeing that all citizens have ...more »

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Economic Development

Work

It seems like 1,990 suggestions have been made, not one in review, in progress, and none completed. What are you doing? There are some good suggestions here, have you even been reading them? Time for some action, Queen Crissy, not tomorrow, but today. Get busy and start cutting.

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Effective Government

Create a statewide ortal for secure information for all state contracted providers accessable through the www.access.wa.gov webs

Create a secure portal similar to www.onehealthport.com. This would create a resource for all state contracted providers to access one secure server for needed information. It would also reduce the amount of administrative time and resources to validate each provider (Tax ID number). We currently require a new security certificate/password for each state program even within the same agency which is expensive and an ...more »

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Economic Development

Sales Tax on boats and airplanes is incorrect now

Reduce sales taxes on aircraft and boats. Currently these are taxed the same as everything else, but they are so portable that many owners leave the state to avoid the tax. It is very simple to register these in another state that has no or very low sales taxes. When this happens, all the businesses that would support these boats and airplanes lose them as customers. No service, storage, maintenance, fuel sales, etc. ...more »

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Economic Development

Expand Use of Dispute Resolution Centers

Expand utlization of Dispute Resolution Centers (DRCs). DRCs are private, not-for-profit, or public agencies. Since 1984, twenty local DRCs have been established to provide alternative dispute resolution, mediation and training services. Centers are mandated to provide services independent of clients’ ability to pay, guaranteeing that all citizens have access to a low-cost resolution process when they can’t afford ...more »

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Effective Government

Eliminate the Healthy Worksite Initiative

The Healthy Worksite Initiative has wasted thousands of dollars and don't see much benefit. Agencies do not need a wellness coordinator to tell them to wash their hands after using the restroom. Allowing state employees to spend time blogging on a wellness site, exercise freely as they wish, have quiet rooms in the facilities is a complete WASTE. Americans are still overweight and out of shape. If the governor truly wishes ...more »

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Public Safety

Exceptional sentences

It costs roughly $30,000 to $40,000 per year to house an inmate. Many inmates have been given exceptional, or excessive sentences. In yet they have remained infraction free, obtained degrees, or a trade, and have been role models for other inmates. With careful review and consideration of their convicitons, i believe that even if there were only two you found, you would save $60 to $80,000 per year. I have one such ...more »

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Effective Government

State Employees Should Walk!!!

Enough is enough! State employees have sacrificed more than their share. Just because they are State employees does not mean they should be beaten into the ground and keep taking one for the team. Its time to stand up and say enough is enough. They have bills and families just like everyone else. Time for State employees to stand up for themselves.

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