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 »
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.
Create a voluntary budget deficit reduction fund. Allow corporations and individuals to donate voluntarily, any amount of money they want to be applied strictly to budget deficit elimination. Maybe a billionaire will pull up with a dump truck full of coins! Maybe hundreds of thousands of school kids will donate a quarter each. At any rate it will show how much people in general care about t heir own country and state! ...more »
Give financial rewards to Washingtonians who submit deficit reduction ideas that prove to work. I would like to get a 1% payment for the implementing of an idea that saves a huge amount of taxpayer money that is a win win situation. Where is my incentive?
Eliminate the Apple Health Care program. A family of four making $66,150.00 a year pays no more than $60 a month in premiums. A family of 6 making $88,590.00 a year pays no more than $60 a month in premiums. If you make this kind of money you can afford to purchase healthcare thru your employer the state should not subsidize these families. If you are low income there are many other programs availabe such as medicaid. ...more »
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 »