Campaign: Effective Government

Legalizing Marijuana

I have never ingested marijuana or any illicit drugs, but you could help the budget by legalizing a fairly benign substance in marijuana as i-1068 would have done. The polling data is fairly neutral regarding this topic in Washington state. Both state polls I have seen show legalization favored by slightly over 50% though. You would be doing this in two ways. 1.) Not having to waste money on law enforcement, judicial ...more »

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Stop state employee from double-dipping into both pension and payroll

Seattle Times recently ran an investigative article, revealing how some state employees are collecting state pension while on active payroll with the state. In many cases, the article claimed the employees "retired" from the job only to immediately get hired on for the very same position. This is a waste of the taxpayer's money and should be stopped. Not only would the cut not impact existing headcount, it would allow ...more »

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Put ALL inmates to work

Put inmates to work. It costs the state enormous amounts of money to inprison these people. Put ALL of them to work manufacturing goods to sell.

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proof of legal residency

Require proof of legal residency before providing any public financed or subsidized services.

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License plates

Stop requiring new plates being issued every few years for vehicles. You should only have to get new ones when requested by the owner of the vehicle or if ticketed. Besides savings on labor and materials for the plates; any software changes need for computers to recognize the new plate format.

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Limit salaries

Limit maximum pay of state employees. Does any state employee need to make more than $250,000 in pay and benefits? If you are so afraid to loose them to private employers, let them go and save money by attrition. There are way to many state employees making seriously large salaries.

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save energy and turn off lights, computers, printers

turn off the lights! any time i drive by a state office at night nearly every light, every printer, computers, computer screens - nearly all of it is left on. why? what a waste. you need a program where state workers turn off the lights, computers and printers. it will save millions a month in electric bills, and furthermore, the state should not be such an energy hog!

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Government waste

Cut the governors ball and other unneccessary parties. We simply don't need to spend tax payer dollars on stuff like that right now.

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Too many managers (Wms)

Look at middle and upper management. When we took the last cuts, we got one more manager, and lost 3 office assisstants. You dont need a managing director, and another manager (WMS) under her/him with only 5 employees in a unit. Cut pay or number of WMS, and make sure it is WMS, everytime this comes around to our agency, they play the shell game and we lose more front people and the WMS are moved/renamed/saved, but ...more »

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Spend it or Lose it doesn't make sense anymore.

You say you are looking at creative ways to increase revenue through program cuts or increasing taxes so, why hasn’t anyone looked at revamping how state funding is allocated? You ask any agency accountant or OFM and most every state employee can tell you this too, how many times have you heard the phrase “got to send it or lose it” especially around the end of a fiscal year or biennium? If an agency doesn’t spend ...more »

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Liquor Stores

Sell all the building and land the liquor stores sit on when liquor sales are privatized after the elections.

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No more front license plates

Remove the requirement for front license plates for vehicles. Nearly half the states do not require them. The state can save the costs of making the plates and the enforcement required.

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