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Program Integraty Improvments

Require financial workers to verify the applicant's housing costs, household composition and income. Taking their word for everything is resulting in errors that will cost the State million in lost high performance awards and economic sanctions.

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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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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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Decrease the cost of administration: DSHS/DDD

Decrease the cost of administration: DSHS/DDD should stop initiating/supporting residential habilitation center closure efforts and let their superintendents do their jobs at their facilities. Each closure effort results in distraction of the superintendents and other administrators from their own responsibilities and redirects their time and energy to the Division's closure agenda. Hundreds, if not thousands, of expensive ...more »

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State employees

Create a bottom line for state hired employees. A number that is the minimum. All other positions would be required to present documentation annually as to why they are still needed. This state is way too heavy in managers with little to do except sit at a computer. Make your managers go out in the field. They need to know the job they are supervising. They spend way too much time in unproductive meetings or reading ...more »

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Four Day School Week

Millions, if not billions, of dollars could be saved by running schools on a four day system. The one day cut would be made up by extending the school day by one to one and a half hours. By the state forcing all school districts to cut one day a week out of their school schedules, huge savings would be seen by not running school buses one day a week for thirty six weeks. Other savings would be noted in the reduced cost ...more »

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eclectic laundry list from an average guy

Require honesty and full disclosure -- especially in court -- by the AG office and all state employees when they are opposing the citizens. Start with parenting/CPS proceedings. This would shorten the proceedings immensely by not having to fight off the lies and misrepresentations and omissions of the AG and DSHS. Ask the Colville prosecutors about this. Give the police all police powers. End CPS which doesn't know ...more »

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