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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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