Campaign: Economic Development

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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Campaign: Effective Government

Is there a better way to account for vacation/sick time?

I suggest a close examination of how vacation time (sick leave, etc.) by state employees is accounted for and managed. At some agencies, a leave slip is completed by staff to account for vacation, sick time, etc. The leave slip is then approved and signed by a supervisor. A lot of time is spent on these leave slips. Then all this paperwork is then manually re-entered into HRMS by payroll staff. This sure seems like ...more »

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Payroll Efficiency

In any instance where a government employee gets to book a minimum number of hours for "call outs", etc... require that they actually work that number of hours. It stands to reason that the citizens would benefit from the services provided, if there was an hour worked for every payroll hour paid out.

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