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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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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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Meals with meetings

I suggest temporarily eliminating meals and light refreshemnts with agency meetings. It's a non-essential expense.

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cut travel budget

Freeze non-essential travel for elected officials and state employees.

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Prevent lawmaker salary increases

Prevent lawmakers from raising their salaries until balanced budget is passed.

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close the D.C. office

Close the separate office in Washington D.C. and the governor can share a senator's office like all the rest of the governors do.

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Special Sessions

Cease paying for "special Legislative sessions". Taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for legislative inefficiency.

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tax the casinos

start taxing the tribe's casinos

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English Only!

I suggest you stop printing all government paperwork in both English and Spanish. Print in English only. We don't print everything in Italian, German, French, Japanese. We shouldn't cater to just one ethnic group. If someone wants the benefits the government offers then they should learn English or bring an interpreter with them. It is not the State's problem if they don't comprehend. If they need an interpreter, ...more »

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Pool Health Insurance

Put all State (and public employees for that matter), including teachers on one health plan. With that buying power you could get a really good plan for these people at a reduced cost to the State, School Districts, and the employees. Get something like the construction unions or Boeing have that you can cover the entire family without any out of pocket expense to the employee

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