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Legalizing Marijuana

I have never ingested marijuana or any illicit drugs, but you could help the budget by legalizing a fairly benign substance in marijuana as i-1068 would have done. The polling data is fairly neutral regarding this topic in Washington state. Both state polls I have seen show legalization favored by slightly over 50% though.

You would be doing this in two ways. 1.) Not having to waste money on law enforcement, judicial... more »

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Privatize the Department of Licensing

Privatize the Department of Licensing.

A ID card should not cost $26 every few years. A drivers license should be good for life and not cost $60. We know these fees are used to fund state employees for a job that doesn't even require a high school education to do.

Make DOL fees refundable so that people are not trapped by DOL policies.

It should not take 4 hours waiting during the day to get one.

If the DOL is privatized,... more »

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Check number of Physciatrists on the pay roll, More than all patients in Hospitals for Mental Patients at salaries more than Governor.

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1970 vs 2010

Zero Based Budgeting using 10 year step backs

Take a look at the 2000 budget vs 2010. Any new program created since 2000 should be evaluated for necessity and cut as possible.

Take a look at 1990 to 2000 and cut again.

Take a look at 1980 to 1990 and cut again.

Take a look at 1970 to 1980 and cut again.

We have GOT to evaluate program necessity in the context of what we've contracted with ourselves for the state... more »

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save energy and turn off lights, computers, printers

turn off the lights! any time i drive by a state office at night nearly every light, every printer, computers, computer screens - nearly all of it is left on. why? what a waste. you need a program where state workers turn off the lights, computers and printers. it will save millions a month in electric bills, and furthermore, the state should not be such an energy hog!

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Multiple Year Vehicle registrations

Reduce the expenses to the state for vehicle registrations by allowing registrations for more than one year. If an owner knows he will keep the vehicle, just allow them 2 or 3 or 5 year renewals at a couple dollars a year less, since the costs to the state would be reduced as well. No refunds for early sale or disposal of the vehicle needed.

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Shut Down State Owned/Leased Buildings

With today's technology there is no reason to collect State staff in a building just to get the job done. Many jobs can be done from anywhere, I suggest you require agencies (that do not need all staff to meet with the public) to send 50% of their staff home to work full time. Implement Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) and shut down state owned/leased buildings. The savings could be in the millions.

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1. Privatize the Ferry system. The majority of people that use the Ferries have the choice to live closer to their jobs. It's not fair to the people on fixed income (such as myself), and especially unfair to the people in Eastern Washington to subsidize the Ferry system.
2. Eliminate all services to illegal immigrants.
3. Legalize and tax marijuana. Or, at least decriminalize it.
4. Privatize DIS. Or, give agencies... more »

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Privatize State Parks

Privatize our underutilized State Parks. Basically sell some State owned assets. If I had 3 houses and was at risk of losing them because I had my income reduced, then I would consider selling one of them to keep me cash flow positive.

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