Focus state funds to priviate, community-based, non-profits, like the WA St. Child Care Resource & Referral Network, who can administer locally relevant and critical services without heavy bureaucratic costs. These agencies are able to use business-like practices to meet unique needs for their community and leverage local resources, yet they rely on government funding for the capacity to do the work.
Do we really need 59 counties; each with their own commissioners, bureaucrats, public works, sheriff etc.? I think we should partician and merge some counties. Smaller counties made sense when they were created in the 19th century before we had good highways, phones and telecommunication. Now you can drive through several county seats in a day. Lets bring our county borders into the 21st century.
Every election, a large booklet arrives in the mail. However, there's only about 50% voter turnout. Instead of expensive printing, expensive mailing, and creating more garbage, direct voters to a government website with the same information and produce a fraction of those physical booklets for distribution from official locations. For instance, instead of the booklet, I could receive a postcard for much less cost in ...more »
The University of Wisconsin estimates it saves 30% of its ink costs after changing its default font. An efficient font uses less ink to print letters while often being unnoticed by the populace. This update could apply immediately for office printing and be rolled out over time as new preprinted forms are produced.