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More communtiy service/less jail time for nonviolent offenders.

I suggest offenders of nonviolent and less serious crimes are given a choice of massive amounts of community service or a larger sentence/fines. The less people we have in jail means less tax money. The more people we have working on community projects means a healthier community. Basically it’s counterproductive to have someone just sit in a jail cell for selling pot, while they could be heavily engaged in helping ...more »

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Enforce laws/taxes already on the books

I own a store in the Tri-Cities area and I know for a fact that I'm one of the only ones in this whole part of the state that charges tax on phone cards as we're supposed to (my customers complain that I'm the only one that charges, plus I've inquired w/ other owners). Part of the problem is I think that their are some that really don't even know (education), but many others use it as a marketing advantage as it makes ...more »

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Eliminate special hand-out deduction to banks

Eliminate the so-called first mortgage B&O deduction for banks under RCW 82.04.4292 unless they can prove that they are passing the savings on to consumers and that mortgages are cheaper from the consumer's standpoint in WA as a result of the deduction. If no savings are realized by the consumer, then banks ought to pay tax on their revenue in this state like most other businesses.

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Amazon avoids paying sales tax on books in WA

Please look into how Amazon avoids sales tax on used books they sell in WA state. Used book stores in Washington have to collect and pay tax in Washington...even WA book sellers on eBay collect sales tax - so why doesn't Amazon? They are selling millions of used books every year...and our state is missing out on a pretty hefty chunk of change. FYI, several other states - including NY, NC and Texas have discovered ...more »

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Public School Funding Responsibility

We need to make sure in some way, that our public schools spend their money wisely, and effectively. For Example, If there is a school that plans on building a "Retainment Pond" (a simple 16 foot pond) ends up paying $400,000 for said pond, when it could have cost $80,000. The School should be fined.

So, Ultimately, more responsibility of schools with their government funding.

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Use of Tax/Fee Funds for Purposes Unrelated to the Tax/Fee

There is often a discontinuity between the stated reason for a tax or fee and the use of the revenue that tax or fee generates. Take for example a topic near and dear to my heart, the ORV tag, where I pay a fee annually but reap only minimal value for that money. While I understand and appreciate that not every worthwhile program has a dedicated tax or fee funding it, and, hence, the need for a general fund, it seems ...more »

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Collect Tax on Gambling in a New Way

If tribes want to be independent from the United States and not pay taxes or be under our laws then make a federal law that going there means you have to have a passport, like Canada. To visit these Indian Nations will mean going through border crossings, and U.S. Customs & Indian Customs. And those who live there will also be required to carry their own form of passport from their Indian Nation. Then our taxpayers ...more »

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Sell insurance by the gallon instead of by the year

Add an insurance tax to the price of gasoline and drivers will never have to deal with the DMV or car insurance companies again. Split the cost of the tax between the consumers and the providers. Everybody who drives will be automatically insured and registered. Those who drive the most will pay the most, and if you want to save money on your insurance, all you have to do is drive less. There would be NO MORE uninsured ...more »

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