Campaign: 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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Eliminate School Buses

I suggest that school districts in Washington terminate their contracts with school bus companies. These companies are privately owned and cost tax payers millions. I work in the Seattle School District and I have learned that if we terminated our contract with "Student First" we would solve our entire budget deficit and have plenty of money left over to facilitate all kinds of new programs for students. The students ...more »

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Budget

Raise taxes on the top income earners. Release all drug offenders from state prisons, and hire more teachers and mentors. Disband the current National Guard and create a smaller disaster relief force. Make Washington State the Nation’s first “free college tuition state”. Privatize all institutions, excluding the prisons. Finally go to a single payer health care system.

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Allow parents to save the state money with educational alternatives

Allow parents to save the state money by encouraging the use of educational alternatives such as homeschooling, online learning, and private schooling. The primary cost in the state budget is for public education, and yet there are thousands of parents with children currently in the public school system who would gladly save the state money by utilizing educational alternatives if there were a small incentive. My wife ...more »

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Set up $1,000 per 1Kw solar power buying program

Set up program to allow every state citizen to buy ~$1,000 for 1Kw worth of solar PV system + 1 iPod Touch. The Touch can be charged with the panel, of course. A power monitor could be the alternative tech package. The money is spent up front, and the panels come in 6-8 weeks. Big bulk discount ensues when massive buys are scheduled. Immediate financial boost for that fiscal qtr, saving some budget items slated for ...more »

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Eliminate the Apple Health Care Program

Eliminate the Apple Health Care program. A family of four making $66,150.00 a year pays no more than $60 a month in premiums. A family of 6 making $88,590.00 a year pays no more than $60 a month in premiums. If you make this kind of money you can afford to purchase healthcare thru your employer the state should not subsidize these families. If you are low income there are many other programs availabe such as medicaid. ...more »

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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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Education, Prisons, Budget

Increase state spending to spur economic growth. Then raise taxes on the top income earners. Release all drug offenders from state prisons, and hire more teachers and mentors. Disband the current National Guard and create a smaller disaster relief force. Make Washington State the Nation’s first “free college tuition state”. Privatize all institutions, excluding the prisons. Finally go to a single payer health care system. ...more »

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Three ideas to shift dollars from school bureaucracies to classrooms

1. Save $1.47 billion by cutting education programs that can't prove they are raising student achievement: Compensatory Education, $947 million, Other Instruction $133 million, Community Service $54 million, and 25 % of Districtwide Support, $339 million. 2.Remember that 83% of school district spending is on salaries and benefits, or $8.1billion out of a total $10 billion. A ten percent salary and benefit reduction ...more »

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Budget problems create opportunities to redirect education dollars to classrooms

To redirect resources to the classroom, districts can be told to make 25% across-the-board reductions to spending, and to redirect 10% of this spending to the classroom, achieving budget savings of $1.5 billion and redirecting $1 billion to the classroom. $10 billion is spent on public education in Washington. 83% of expenditures are on salaries and benefits. Only 47% of Washington's public school employees are ...more »

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