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To reduce both state and employee costs for healthcare coverage, implement Health Savings Accounts for state employees, as Indiana has done successfully. See http://www.in.gov/spd/2455.htm and http://is.gd/dKT7S.
We should dramatically reduce bond obligations that are not directly approved by the voters. In the short term, this will decrease revenue, but in the long term, it will reduce the growing share of the state budget required for debt service (now at 5%), especially general obligation bonds. Such bonds allow the legislature and governor to avoid truly balancing the budget, and put increased stress on future state budgets ...more »