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Drug Test for State Payments.

We all know that Welfare is necessary to keep those afloat that cannot do so on their own. It also seems to be a known fact that many that receive Welfare tend to spend some of the money they receive on illegal drug use. By requiring a drug test to receive a Welfare check, not only do you avoid paying "free" money to "criminals" but, in turn, it is likely that the amount of drug use will decrease by the effect of the ...more »

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Increase Service - Increase revenue

Add to state revenue by turning the state's 5 Residential Habilitation Centers into facilities offering services to non residents for such as dental, therapeutic swimming, meeting spaces, professional and paraprofessional training centers, bowling alleys, adult day care and specialized medical diagnoses and treatment for fees and fee transfers from Medicaid and Medicare vouchers.

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EBT/Food Stamps-For Healthy Purchases Only

I suggest you research what is being bought with EBT (food stamps) cards. I also suggest you change the purchase guidelines to be more in-line with WIC purchase guidelines so that participants in the system may only purchase healthy-food options. For those participants that purchase a lot of soda, candy, and junk food, they should be given less on their EBT account. If we are going to tax these items because they are ...more »

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Family Planning Funding Saves Money

It is both socially and fiscally responsible for the state to continue to fund family planning care for low-income women. For many women, the state‚Äôs family planning clinics are the only health care they receive. This budget item also makes good financial sense: for every dollar the state invests in family planning, taxpayers save $4 in unintended pregnancy care costs (Source: Guttmacher Institute). Fully fund family ...more »

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Canadian Prescriptions available to all

Prescriptions drugs are more expensive here than in Canada. Why is this? We are bordering Canada after all. I believe the state should allow shipments of Canadian prescription drugs to be shipped to Washingtonians. To help the state budget shortfall we could put an extra tax on Canadian drugs so that they are more in line with U.S. prices (but please, not as high as that would defeat the purpose). You would be helping ...more »

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Reform Child Support Enforcement

I suggest a reform for the Department of Child Support. For every check I get from them, I get a (seperately mailed) statement telling me that they sent me a check and how much it was for. Additionally, it would be nice if the office of Support Enforcement enforced the entire order--they do not enforce requirements that are in support orders to pay for medical costs, or medical insurance or day care. Or at least they ...more »

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Suicide Prevention Barrier on Aurora Bridge

Revisit the idea of spending a ton of $$ on building a suicide prevention barrier on the Aurora Bridge. While suicide is tragic, and very disturbing to those who may witness such an act, spending this kind of $ on a relatively rare event rather than utilizing this $ for direct human services to prevent suicide is foolish. The bottom line is that while such a barrier prevents "impulse suicides" it does nothing to deter ...more »

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