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Prevent lawmaker salary increases

Prevent lawmakers from raising their salaries until balanced budget is passed.

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Bring this website back yearly (or keep it up year round)

This website has been a tremendous success so far. 1,750 ideas posted, 3,984 comments, 108k votes, 3,552 users. If we make this a yearly thing it could get more people thinking about politics and engaged in the future of our state. I don't know how much it costs to run this, but it seems like the think tank concept has been working so far. There have been some great ideas and I can only imagine the longer it is up ...more »

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Require budget accountability

Every State agency and office needs to be required to justify their existence and budget annually. They should report how many people were served, how much was spent per person, and how they could improve their efficiency. Even offices that don't serve the public directly could provide this sort of information. How many times was this database accessed? How did your work support the ability of other agencies to do their ...more »

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Performance evaluations and budget accountability

Every supervisor needs to have reducing the budget as a key area in their performance evaluation. Those who most effectively find ways to reduce costs and cut waste get the highest marks. This needs to be done at every level, not just the executives.

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1970 vs 2010

Zero Based Budgeting using 10 year step backs Take a look at the 2000 budget vs 2010. Any new program created since 2000 should be evaluated for necessity and cut as possible. Take a look at 1990 to 2000 and cut again. Take a look at 1980 to 1990 and cut again. Take a look at 1970 to 1980 and cut again. We have GOT to evaluate program necessity in the context of what we've contracted with ourselves for the state ...more »

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Shrink the size of State Government

When economies shrink good government shrinks as well. According to Washington's comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) the state has added the equivelant (FTE) of 5700 additional full-time state jobs to the payrolls just since Governor Gregoire took office. This roughly equates to about $240 Million in new spending each year vs the time period just prior to Governor Gregoire. The taxpayers of our state can not ...more »

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End PERS 2

I suggest we end PERS 2 for any new state employees. Simply match a certain percentage of a state employees contribution to their retirement fund (403B), like most private businesses do.

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Purchase Savings

Eliminate contracts with vendors. Our state agency spends significantly more money for products due to our exclusive vendor contracts than we should. We have had to buy the simpliest items, pencils and pen, up to computers and monitors for prices significantly higher than we would if we just purchased it at a store or through Amazon. It is insane that we cannot purchase items like regular consumers and get things at fair ...more »

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Setting Priorities Isn't That Difficult

When individuals are forced to cut their personal budgets, establishing a priority of their expenses is not that difficult. For most individuals/families, the rent/mortgage, utility bills, food, and any on-going medical treatment/Rx's usually rank #1. After that, expenses for entertainment, eating out, unnecessary clothing, unnecessary personal care items, etc. are pretty easy to identify. Why is it then that my city, ...more »

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Revoke Native American Tax Free NonSense.

Revoke the Native American Tax Exempt non-sense. the Natives have plenty of Money to Balance the Budget. and they Burn up our roads & resources just as bad as any other white folk.

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Create a budget

Create a budget using the amount of money that the state received in the previous year. This way the state knows exactly how much funds it has and it bases the budget on this. If the state recieved less money than what it expected then the state should cut progams. All programs would get the same cut across the board.

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Balance the Budget

Balance the budget. Apply health care reforms and salary reductions equally to legislators and citizens.

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