Effective Government

CUT SPENDING, SLASH PROGRAMS,

Cut DSHS by 25% The agency is broken Cut WSDOT by 20% We don't need any more sound walls Cut entitlements and handouts to charities and other organizations Cut the pay of the top state employees by 10 to 15% Stop paying for illegal immigrants health care and other services. WE THE PEOPLE (US citizens) deserve better DO NOT CUT POLICE, FIRE, AND SCHOOLS You got us into this mess by increasing the budget by over ...more »

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Make buisness pay their fair share in reduceing the budget

Tell the companies that do buisness with the state to start chargeing reasonable profits or we will find someone who will. In other words, stop putting their profits ahead of education or helping people get a hand up. It seems most of the burden is put on the shoulders of the people who can least afford it while buisness walks away with more profit then they are worth

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Economic Development

Fat Cat Coaches

I would like to see the end of million dollar contracts to state college football coaches. I love college football as much as the next guy but when students are struggling with higher tuition costs it is a slap in the face. These coaches are state employees and my taxes are paying their salaries. The state should be more concerned with giving a quality education and less about raising tuition to pay for the fat contracts. ...more »

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Economic Development

Highway Rest stops

I suggest that you rent highway rest stops to commercial entities that provide services to travelers i.e. service stations, restaurants, etc. Make them provide clean rest rooms and maintain the area as a condition of the rental.

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Volunteer Positions

Develop volunteer positions for non-essential services. There are a lot of positions and job duties that people are being paid for that require minimal or no training at the government offices, that ordinary citizens can do as part of a service for their government. We all talk about changing things, or coming up with plans to enact that government can do to help us save money, but who's willing to put their money where ...more »

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Canadian Prescriptions available to all

Prescriptions drugs are more expensive here than in Canada. Why is this? We are bordering Canada after all. I believe the state should allow shipments of Canadian prescription drugs to be shipped to Washingtonians. To help the state budget shortfall we could put an extra tax on Canadian drugs so that they are more in line with U.S. prices (but please, not as high as that would defeat the purpose). You would be helping ...more »

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93 votes
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Virtual Courtrooms

Consolidate all but the state Supreme Court into a "court pool" electronically. Essentially, this would allow a judge from Bellingham to preside over a case in Walla Walla. By creating a virtual courtroom environment, you would reduce the amount of judicial staff needed, and get more efficiency out of judges.

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Stop making basic errors!

Stop making basic errors! For example: the Facebook "Like" button on each idea submitted doesn't work. No problem... I'll just send an email to the website, and they'll fix it, right? I scroll to the bottom of the page, and click "Contact", which suggests I email new.media@gov.wa.gov. Except that email to that address bounces! Errors compounded by other errors make it impossible to get things fixed. Double-check that ...more »

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For the future

I suggest you... stop creating new ongoing expenses during surpluses that then can't be paid for in recession. For instance, building a school (a one-time expense) when there's extra cash is fine, but if you want to permanently reduce class sizes at that school, then there should be a study done to show that money for that will be available for the foreseeable future, at least the next 5-10 years out. Otherwise, don't ...more »

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Tax on lobbying.

Institute a tax on lobbyists. Add a 10% tax on every dollar spent on lobbying efforst in Olympia, that way groups or organizations who are trying to manipulate our government in their best interest will also be doing their fair share to support our governement.

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183 votes
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Birth control incentives for public benefits recipients.

Pay for free birth control (IUD, norplant, or something else that can't be "skipped") and on top of that offer an extra percentage in benefit pay if the recipient agrees. We'd save money in the long run. Millions, if not billions. This way we stop paying for so many unwanted babies that their mothers can't afford. If I can't afford my own child why should I have to support someone else to have one?

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30 votes
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Department of Corrections

I have an idea for a house bill I would like someone to look at sponsoring. Like many other citizens of the great state of Washington, I am very concerned about our states budgetary deficient. I am a state worker and have been directly affected by the mandatory cutbacks. I understand the state needs to make additional spending cuts to help balance the budget, and I know that finding those areas to cut is both difficult ...more »

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