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Here is the budget for Gregoire's staff (http://www.ofm.wa.gov/persdetail/2009/075.pdf) - 8 "ombudsman", 15 staff with title containing "Assitant", a mansion coordinator, a chef (at $31 an hour)... read the list for yourself, 69 people in all. It may be a drop in the bucket to make cuts to these staff but there is such a thing as leading by example. How can we take gov't seriously when they say they need to cut critical ...more »
In order to stop particular legislators/districts from having too much power require that the district controlling the speaker of the house and president of the senate change every 2 or 4 years. Right now Frank Chopp has more power than the governor and nobody will stand up to him becuase of his power. Its time to get some fresh ideas into those positions of power.
Too many of the state legislators are completely out of touch with reality. All they know is government and are accustomed to their entire job being "what new things can I spend money on today". We need term limits, after the limit is done they need to work in private enterprise (something NOT working for the state in any way form or contract) for a term before they can be allowed to run for state gov't again.