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Meals with meetings

I suggest temporarily eliminating meals and light refreshemnts with agency meetings. It's a non-essential expense.

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Economic Development

Tax Increment Financing

Create a true tax increment financing mechanism so that local governments can create jobs and tax revenue in their communities.

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Contracting reform

Simplify the state's 2002 competitive contracting law while removing the requirement that contracting be subject to collective bargaining negotiations with public sector unions. This would allow agency managers to use all the tools the legislature has provided to deliver services to the public in a way that makes best use of taxpayer money.

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Federal $

Remember that furloughing employees paid with federal funds does not save state general fund dollars.

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Public Safety

Change to Fire Code: Saves Money! Does not impact safety.

Current fire-code requires that larger buildings have fire-alarms with redundant phone-lines for fire-alarm monitoring. Each phone-line costs approx $50 per month. Phone-line redundancy is not needed. Duplicate phone lines go from the same junction box, through the *same* cable, to the same phone-switch. If one phone-line is damaged, both are! This is "fake" redundancy, yet it costs businesses, condo owners and apartment ...more »

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Economic Development

List the categories in the budget

The state budget has many categories and since I don't know the full picture, I cant say how much to cut and where.

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Student Achievement

Cut Education Spending

Cut education spending except that which directly provides a basic education for the children.

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Economic Development

Multiple Ideas

1st End the furloghs (Temporary layoffs) people making less money, have less money to spends. 2nd Give a raise to non-managment, non-union workers which will boost the economy 3rd Regardless of the size of your home, reducing enerygy should qualify for PUD discounts/rebates without having to buy systems that are much bigger then needed for smaller houses 4th I hate to say it, but collect sales tax for on-lines, if ...more »

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Eliminate State Employee Perks

Eliminate state-sponsored pensions and health care plans. Pay state employees a straight wage and have them find their own health insurance and pensions.

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Student Achievement

Higher education reform

Flip the state‚Äôs higher education model for the 4-year universities from funding the schools to instead providing a credit hour-capped stipend to eligible students. An example of this is a reform enacted in 2004 in Colorado that created the Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF). Rather than fund the institutions, Colorado provides eligible students a credit hour stipend to apply toward tuition. The stipend is only available ...more »

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Welfare Reform

There are too many ways to list. I see the system abused on so many levels. Watching people pay for their booze & smokes with cash and food with food stamps is a very typical scene.

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state budget

ok instead of having the candy and soda tax which is really stupid you should tax people more on car tab taxes and each time someone goes to the grocery store you should tax them 9.7 percent then recieve that money thorught the government.

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