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Eliminate outdated & unnecessary departments & commissions.

Commission on African-American Affairs Arts Commission Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Eastern Historical Society Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board Commission for National and Community Service Citizen Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials Any commission on the affairs of any group separated by race, does nothing except continue to point out racial differences. It's time we stopped ...more »

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Reduce business card/paper quality for state offices

There is no reason the state should continue paying for the quality of paper materials it currently uses. Letters and business cards are typed on higher quality papers to increase the look of the finished product. This is a cost which could be reduced with minimal effect.

 

Yes, the gain would be minimal, but enough small gains can add up.

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Cut car washes

Please stop washing state patrol and motor pool vehicles at automatic car washes multiple times a week. Have volunteers, inmates, or state workers wash them rather than pay $14 for each wash.

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Consolidate Agencies

Combine DIS, OFM, GA and Printer eliminating 3 directors + 3 deputy directors = 6 less positions paid about $1.5 million per biennium. Many other cuts possible like redundant HR managers, CFO's, IT managers and print operations. Thousands of invoices to agencies could be reduced to hundreds or less. Of course if you ask them they will say why it cannot work as it is their jobs at stake.

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Department of Printing - stop printing newsletter

I suggest the Department of Print cease reproduction of their "Print to Post". It can easily be distributed electronically, although ultimately it is unnecessary.

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Corruption at L&I

Investigate the corruption and lawlessness at Labor and Industries. Out-of-control managers there are generating lawsuits (racial discrimination, sexual harrassment, etc) that are going to cost taxpayers millions!! And no manager is ever held accountable!!!

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Close down extra buildings rented by State

Close down extra buildings within state goverment-DSHS, DOC, etc. For example. DSHS and other State agency rents multiple buildings across the state for offices, etc-an example is in Steilacoom there is a large building, called the white house, that has only a few employees of SCC managment and houses the Superintendent of SCC, and other managers as well as holds meetings, etc. The Special Commitment Center, SCC, has ...more »

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Lean Six Sigma

I would suggest that selected qualified unemployed workers be trained in Lean and Six Sigma techniques and methodologies. Have them work on government effeciency projects with a expert master black belt to lower cost of governmental operation. Edmonds Community College has proved this can save over $500K from one class in working with a non-profit agency. Business has used these methods for years to lower costs. There ...more »

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Conduct Efficiency Studies and Implement Streamlining Measures

It is well known that government bureaucracies are notoriously inefficient and wasteful. Anybody who has worked in both government and the private sector, and has seen the disparity first hand, is all too keenly aware of this reality. In the interest of spending one dollar to save hundreds, I suggest that the state retain the services of experts well versed in efficiency gains and process improvement. For example, highly ...more »

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Eliminate the Apple Health Care Program

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 »

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ReallY this is our Governor's idea?

Read the Seattle Times. They comment on stories. This is just plain silly. Honestly, how many hours went into this?? C'mon. This is a waste of money.

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