Campaign: Economic Development

End special tax breaks; fund education, transportation, health care; cut sales/business tax!

Repeal all of the tax breaks that cost taxpayers money. The WA Dept. of Revenue says 302 tax breaks collectively cost the state $15 billion dollars in 2007-2009! Put half of that money into education, transportation and health care -- and use the other half to lower sales tax and business taxes for everyone. Then make sure any new tax break has a 5-year sunset clause with strict performance requirements: no new jobs ...more »

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Campaign: Protect Health and Vulnerable People

Canadian Prescriptions available to all

Prescriptions drugs are more expensive here than in Canada. Why is this? We are bordering Canada after all. I believe the state should allow shipments of Canadian prescription drugs to be shipped to Washingtonians. To help the state budget shortfall we could put an extra tax on Canadian drugs so that they are more in line with U.S. prices (but please, not as high as that would defeat the purpose). You would be helping ...more »

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Campaign: Economic Development

Eliminate the Boeing Tax Cut

The state passed a MASSIVE tax cut for Boeing in 2004 amounting to $2.3 BILLION dollars. That tax cut was in exchange for Boeing building the 787 (then called the 7E7) here in Washington. The expectation was that building the 787 here would mean an INCREASE in Boeing jobs for Washingtonians. But in reality Boeing ultimately decided to build the 787 in South Carolina instead! They are doing some bare-minimum work here ...more »

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Campaign: Effective Government

Don't tax small business to death!!!

Get state government off the backs off small business. Various taxes have gone up between 30% and 200%. Enough already!!!

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Campaign: Economic Development

Encourage more businesses to relocate to Washington

Encourage more businesses to relocate to Washington by reduce state taxes and encouraging counties to reduce their taxes.

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Improve and Cost Reduce all Public Lighting Practices

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 »

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Campaign: Effective Government

Eliminate special hand-out deduction to banks

Eliminate the so-called first mortgage B&O deduction for banks under RCW 82.04.4292 unless they can prove that they are passing the savings on to consumers and that mortgages are cheaper from the consumer's standpoint in WA as a result of the deduction. If no savings are realized by the consumer, then banks ought to pay tax on their revenue in this state like most other businesses.

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Campaign: Economic Development

State government should use in-state contractors

Give preference to in-state providers when the state government is making purchases or contracting for services. This will keep more of our hard-earned tax dollars in our state to help our economy and generate more local tax revenues.

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Allow Low Income to Work Part Time Without Losing Status

Allow people to work part-time without having any negative effect on their health care coverage status or living arrangements (for those not working who are in subsidized or tax credit living arrangements). For the ill, if they cannot handle part time work, then they can quit and not have their status jeopardized. For many people, if they work and make just a little more money (not much maybe) they lose far more than ...more »

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Campaign: Effective Government

Tax Vouchers/Charter Scools

Put Competition in School System. Parents should have the Right to say which Schools get to have their Kids Tax Funding. Result would be Better Schools and Less Unions holding the States Education Hostage with Strikes. Current Attitude of Schools is "Yeah well, what are ya gonna do about it? Nothin cuz you have no choice".

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Illegal vehicle registration

I live in Vancouver. I have noticed an increasing number of Vancouver, WA residents (& surrounding area) sporting Oregon license plates. Some of these individuals live in my apartment complex. One person that lived here actually had an Oregon drivers license with her WA address. Oregon says they do not issue licenses to WA residents but that is not true. There is not adequate policing of these processes in Oregon. ...more »

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Campaign: Public Safety

Uncalled for small boat safety inspections

Boaters are being stopped for safety inspections on Port Gardner bay by up to four different agencies. Even after the inspectors acknowledge a current sticker is correctly displayed we hear comments that we need to inspect again anyway. We are paying for these inspectors to run around the bay stopping boaters when the rules state that just an annual inspection is required. Boaters have been stopped multiple times per ...more »

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