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Focusing On The Vital Few

To Governor Christine Gregoire:

I was reading the material about the your office’s efforts to deal with the 3 billion dollar budget hole that a special committee is supposedly working on achieving. I saw nothing in there that would come even close to accomplishing that goal because they are not dealing with the two big costs in an effective way.

The two the major costs are: (1), state salaries and their attendant current... more »

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Transforming Washington's Budget

I suggest you consider the following ideas (you may have done some already) -
1. Immediately freeze government spending and require each agency to provide recommendations on how they'll balance their budget within a set period of time.
2. Have each agency establish annual performance goals (including staying within their budget) and provide incentives for those who achieve them and penalties for those who... more »

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Repeal Initiative 1029

Initiative 1029 will cost taxpayers an estimated $48 million in the next biennium to train Home Care Aides hired by the state. This training is in addition to the 35 hour of training already mandated by state law. At the same time, senior and disabled clients are recieving cutbacks on service hours.

No other profession has the luxury of their training being paid for exclusively by the state. Repeal I-1029 or stop the... more »

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Be a Leader!

Stop asking for suggestions and be a leader!

We flush too much money down too many holes. The state needs to only provide for what is dictated in our constitution.

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Raise Taxes For the Wealthy!

Raise Taxes For the Wealthy!

The reason All the States and Governments are Broke is because The Stinky Rich have fought and bought there way to lower taxes and now their greed has left us with unpaved roads and a shamefull public school and healthcare system. Wake up working class. It's not welfare or the wages of union workers. This Class battle has been going Since the beginning of America. And the wealthiest are... more »

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Limit printed materials

Agencies send thousands of publications out every day. There should be measures in place to keep the cost of these publications down (this will need to be enforced at the state printer level). Outreach materials can be a little nicer (4-color jobs) but purely informational pieces that are mailed to the end user should be limited to one or two colors tops.

Also, the audience of each piece should be considered and if the... more »

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Make the systems efficient and reduce waste/fraud

Break the teachers union from promoting poor teachers with inflated salaries. Change the education system to a YEAR ROUND system (which allows for 2-4 week vacations) so the children are not losing valuable educational gains during the school year. Do not vote yourself raises until the taxpayers vote on the raise too! Stop paying for cable tv for prisons. Stop subsidizing farmers to NOT farm. Require chain grocery... more »

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Eliminate/ Reduce

Roll back (eliminate) up to 3 years, all new programs. The state had a surplus that the governor and law makers set out to spend on new social programs. Eliminate them now, no new taxes, no new revenue increases from existing taxes.
Reduce existing state expenses 10% across the board, i.e. education, state patrol .
Roll back, up to 3 years all increases in budget percentage increases in all departments set 3 years ago.... more »

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Collect the existing taxes!

The State does a very poor job of enforcing tax compliance--that is a good starting point at reform. Many very visible businesses operate "out in the open" but do not participate in the State Tax System. Before suggesting new taxes, collect all the ones that are owed! the DOR and DOL operate with too much overlap and inefficient enforcement.

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