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Illegal vehicle registration

I live in Vancouver. I have noticed an increasing number of Vancouver, WA residents (& surrounding area) sporting Oregon license plates. Some of these individuals live in my apartment complex. One person that lived here actually had an Oregon drivers license with her WA address. Oregon says they do not issue licenses to WA residents but that is not true. There is not adequate policing of these processes in Oregon. ...more »

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Raise taxes. All you people complain too much about how little you pay in taxes. Buck up, its for the greater good. Remember, you are the government, if you dont like where its going, THEN VOTE! Start an organization! Do something other than ignorantly whine about how the government is poorly managing our tax dollars.

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Allow for private sales of organs, marrow, tissue, etc.

I suggest you...Allow for the sale of organs, marrow, etc. Provided removal and installation were both done in WA State by WA State licensed physicians, such a proposal could easily withstand a 10th Amendment challenge. Sales tax would naturally be charged; and quality of health care in our state would arguably improve as more people donate organs and the free market equilibrium removes doubt about transplant costs from ...more »

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Raise taxes on wealthy corporations

It seems logical that if we are in a financial crisis we should raise taxes somewhere. What are the richest entities in the state? Who does all of this infrastructure built at taxpayer expense benefit? The answer is corporations. When they make huge profits, it rarely goes to the benefit of the majority of employees. The executives have the choice on what to do with the profits and they choose to reward themselves. ...more »

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Eliminate special hand-out deduction to banks

Eliminate the so-called first mortgage B&O deduction for banks under RCW 82.04.4292 unless they can prove that they are passing the savings on to consumers and that mortgages are cheaper from the consumer's standpoint in WA as a result of the deduction. If no savings are realized by the consumer, then banks ought to pay tax on their revenue in this state like most other businesses.

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Create a budget

Create a budget using the amount of money that the state received in the previous year. This way the state knows exactly how much funds it has and it bases the budget on this. If the state recieved less money than what it expected then the state should cut progams. All programs would get the same cut across the board.

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Improve and Cost Reduce all Public Lighting Practices

Use low wattage street light bulbs. Check out what they did with the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto. They used a different kind of light bulb that produced better light at a fraction of the cost. All public lighting should be reviewed. Every second or third lamp should be unscrewed until the deficit is brought under control. There are many many places where lights are on all night for no reason. At a minimum adjust the ...more »

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Get Rid of Expensive Senior Center Employees

Get rid of expensive directors and employees of the many senior centers in Washington state. Senior Centers can largely run themselves. All of these senior centers can be run entirely by volunteers with perhaps a single supporting office with a skeleton staff to field complex issues.

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Create Second Tier Less Expensive Occupations

Explore "second tier" concepts as a much lower cost alternative to extremely costly services and professions. Just as a security guard fulfills a valid function at 20% of the cost of a police officer, so can many functions be fulfilled similarly. Pharmacists can fill out Rx's under some circumstances, bookeepers often due a better job than CPA's, lower priced peace officers can handle noise complaints instead of sending ...more »

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Allow Low Income to Work Part Time Without Losing Status

Allow people to work part-time without having any negative effect on their health care coverage status or living arrangements (for those not working who are in subsidized or tax credit living arrangements). For the ill, if they cannot handle part time work, then they can quit and not have their status jeopardized. For many people, if they work and make just a little more money (not much maybe) they lose far more than ...more »

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Time off for good behavior

The state I was born and raised in offered good time to prisoners on a day to day basis. They would knock 1 day off of a sentence for each day you stayed out of trouble. The time knocked off is still similar to a probationary period, however not only are inmates on good behavior, but that will help taxpayers by not having to house them as long. The "time off for good behavior" is also taken away if the inmate gets ...more »

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