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Have Polluters pay to clean up, not taxpayers

The legislature failed to pass legislation to have polluters pay for the clean up, such as all oil that enters Puget Sound should have a fee attached . Part can be used to clean up storm water runoff, part set aside in a fund to clean up oil spills. Also, treated waste water, still contains pharmaceuticals. Have Big Pharma pay a fee, so that cities can afford that necessary filtering system to protect our marine life. ...more »

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Hemp as a cash crop

Hemp is a useful material with a rich history. It can be used for clothing, for food (high in protein and omega-3), and bio-fuels among other things. It CANNOT be ingested to get you high. So why is it essentially illegal to grow? It has a close association with Marijuana. It is, technically, a marijuana plant. However, since other countries can grow industrial hemp legally, why can't we? Currently, we import millions ...more »

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Merge the SIX natural resource agencies into ONE!

We went through that Natural Resource reform, which amounted to little more than lip service, as we still have 3-6 biologists in the same stream. We have (1) Dept of Ecology, (2) Fish & Wildlife, (3) Parks Dept, (4) DNR, (5) RCO / Salmon Recovery Office, (6) Puget Sound Partnership. Why so many with a different management scheme and multiple redundancies like payroll, HR, and financial services for EACH! Merge these ...more »

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WA state park volunteers

Utilize volunteers to 'man' the kiosks, clean bathrooms,

campsites, etc at WA state parks in exchange for a voucher for a free night of camping in the future. You could even have trained volunteers that live close by be on call if someone did not show up for their assignment.

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Audit Dept of Ecology

Dept of Ecology is slow and inefficient. That deserves a really good operations audit. There are departments within Ecology that don't talk to one another. I strongly believe in reducing waste and pollution, but Ecology is too slow and inefficient.

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Keep WA green

Require 20 hours community service from anyone recieving public assistance, unemployment or food stamps performing adopt a highway, grafitti removal or supervised childcare for folks doing clean-up.

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State Parks

I believe in funding for Washington State Parks. These provide access for all citizens to enjoy our natural resources equally, year round. We have been using the state parks for almost a hundred years - let's keep Parks going for our health and enjoyment!

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State Parks

When reserving camping sites, charge an additional $5.00 for each pet. Yes, it would be on the honor system, (some people wouldn't admit to having a pet with them), but there may be enough honest campers to increase the funding for the State Parks.

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Increase tax on timberland closed to the public

Increase the taxable value of designated timberlands that have closed or limited access to public recreation, and use the increased revenue to fund recreation on public lands (DNR, WDFW, state/local parks). Currently, designated timberland has a low taxable value (even less than $200/acre) because it provides benefits to the public. When this tax-break was created, it was well understood that one of those benefits was ...more »

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State Parks Housing for employees waste

State parks housing of employees is a shame amount they pay.. $125.00 month is there payment, those people live in 1/2 million to million dollar homes, free maintenance free air conditioners, triple pane windows, carpets, roofs, plus they get overtime pay, up to 6 weeks year vacations , your hoildays plus all the benifits and some are making base salary $85,000 year. Its a resort living come true. They are caretakers ...more »

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