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Semi-Privatize Education

Education makes up over 38% and $27 billion of the State's current budget. A quality education is also a common characteristic of high income earners and business leaders - those targeted for a potential state income tax in the fall. Utilize high-school and university students seeking internships (we're approaching fall semester) to solicit WA state individuals who fall into the proposed State income tax thresholds, ...more »

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Fund state obligations

Develop a plan to get current on budget obligations such as pension plans. The economy has reset. The state must fund it obligations.

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Use separate bank accounts to track expenses by dept.

Use separate bank accounts to track expenses for government programs and State agencies. At some point, somebody in government uses a credit card, wire transfer, check etc. to spend money. If you had separate bank accounts for State agencies or programs, it is easy for a bank to track those expenses for you. Banks can set up the accounts such that an overdraft results in funds being drawn from a general account. You ...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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Balance the Budget

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

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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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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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thieves

one of the things you can do is stop letting contractors rip off city and state departments, eample 14st bridge in south park they estimate a hundred million well the bridge is made out of steel and concrete not computer chips not gold not uranium etc these contarctors are gouging they charge for everything they may pay an employee 25 dollars an hour but are charging you 200 to 500 dollars per for there labor so essential ...more »

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How to generate income and use money wisely

(Income tax), (Invest state owned/managed pensions, fund, and idle budget money, in state bonds to lower the interest), (State bank).

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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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Cut Spending

Cut back equally on every item in the budget until the deficit is gone.

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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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