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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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Special Sessions

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

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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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Multiple Year Vehicle registrations

Reduce the expenses to the state for vehicle registrations by allowing registrations for more than one year. If an owner knows he will keep the vehicle, just allow them 2 or 3 or 5 year renewals at a couple dollars a year less, since the costs to the state would be reduced as well. No refunds for early sale or disposal of the vehicle needed.

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Frivolous Legislation

Stop frivolous legislation. Concerning Dogs in Bars? Designating the Olympic marmot the official endemic mammal of the state of Washington? Designating Aplets and Cotlets as the state candy? Designating an official state Christmas tree? Designating the state ornithologist? How is this helping the state? How much time and money has this taken from agencies? Legislators need to focus on the "important" issues.

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Repeal Initiative 1029

Initiative 1029 will cost taxpayers an estimated $48 million in the next biennium to train Home Care Aides hired by the state. This training is in addition to the 35 hour of training already mandated by state law. At the same time, senior and disabled clients are recieving cutbacks on service hours. No other profession has the luxury of their training being paid for exclusively by the state. Repeal I-1029 or stop the ...more »

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No more advertising

No more advertising from state agencies. Lottery, Forests & Fish, Traffic Safety, L&I, etc. This is all unnecessary puff-money.

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Don't base your budget on last years budget

Don't base your budget on last years budget. Start from zero and Force each department to show what they will use the money for. Don't use last year as a starting point for budgets any more. Your forcing all the departments to go on spending sprees in July for stupid stuff just so they won't get a reduction in their budget for next year.

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Too Many Washington School Districts

Why does the State of Washington have 295 school districts! Why not use a model employed by other states - base school district boundaries on county boundaries for most counties and on student population for counties such as King County. It probably would not be prudent to combine Seattle School District with other districts, given its existing student population. As an example - Thurston County has 8 school districts ...more »

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Fewer meetings, less travel

I wholeheartedly agree with the reduction in committees and commissions that were canceled in the last budget reduction. I am sure there are more. And fewer trips. Meet by phone or email or on-line.

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Bring this website back yearly (or keep it up year round)

This website has been a tremendous success so far. 1,750 ideas posted, 3,984 comments, 108k votes, 3,552 users. If we make this a yearly thing it could get more people thinking about politics and engaged in the future of our state. I don't know how much it costs to run this, but it seems like the think tank concept has been working so far. There have been some great ideas and I can only imagine the longer it is up ...more »

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No Longer Mail Unemployment Weekly Statements

Currently whenever an individual is receiving unemployment payments they receive a weekly statement basically informing them of how much money was deposited into their bank account and how much money is left in their claim. This statement should not be mailed to individuals who file their weekly claim online; instead the statement should be available online. Many companies, including state agencies no longer mail out ...more »

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Surplus Re-use

create a surplus swapping website to allow various agencies within the state/county/city to swap, donate, or obtain asset, equipment, furniture, cars, etc. Agencies needing new items should try to get them through the surplus inventory before going out to buy new ones.

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