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  1. Legislators = Part Time employees = They pay more for benefits

    Legislators are part time employees of the State of Idaho. Part time state employees received an increase in their health insurance premiums. This increase needs to be passed on to all legislators receiving state funded health care. Constituents should demand this of their elected officials!!!

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    • Start from the top down - Reduce the salaries of the Governor, his staff and legislative body by 10%

      It is ridiculous to continue to demand sacrifices from those are can no longer afford any more. Lead by example and cut salaries and perks from the highest ranks first.

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      • Statewide 4 day workweek

        The State of Utah operates a 4 day workweek. This has yielded annual savings of $4.8 million dollars. This savings came from (1) Decrease in overtime from state employees, (2) Energy savings, (3) Reduction in janitorial contracts, and (4) decrease of 3 million miles on the state fleet. After a year of operating a 4 day work week, 82% of Utah state employees found this schedule favorable. * Excluded from the 4 day work week were those agencies such as Dept. of Correction, Dept. of Juvenile Corrections, etc.

        47 votes
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        • Drug test anyone receiving Government aid money.

          Drug test anyone receiving any government money such as Section 8 and Food Stamps. If they fail the test then revoke their cash flow and spend it somewhere else that will make a difference. At the very least, spend the money to enroll them in a drug rehab program instead of letting them continue to suck our system dry.

          30 votes
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          • 30 votes
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            • Offer Retirement Incentive to Eligible State Employees

              It is estimated that almost 500 state employees are eligible for retirement. Offer a retirement incentive that is cost effective when balanced with prospective new employee salaries.

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              • 17 votes
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                • 12 votes
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                  • Consolidate Dept of Labor, Voc Rehab, Industrial Commission

                    Create a one stop shop for citizens: Dept of Labor and Vocational Rehabilitative Services. Labor is primarily federally funded. The vocation rehabilitiatve services of the Industrial Commission are primarily funded from dedicated funds. Voc Rehab receives a fair chunk of funding from the state general fund. If we consolidated these agencies, we could absorb some of the IT, HR, Admin, and support redundancies.

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                    • 11 votes
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                      • Sunshine Committee

                        In Texas, every few years, each agency has to go before the sunshine committe to determine if the agency still serves a legitimate purpose. I think Idaho needs to do something similar.

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                        • Consolidate area offices within some state departments

                          The Department of Lands was expanded to 14 area offices sometime back in the '70's. No explanation why. If you go to their website and click on Supervisory Area offices you see a wide discrepancy in the number of employees each Area Manager supervises and the amount of timber cut each year. One area manager appears to be supervising only 2 employees yet must be getting the same pay as the area supervisor who is supervising 25 employees! By consolidating you could reduce the number of areas to 8 or 9 and save the overhead from 5 or 6 areas.…

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                          • Eliminate Women's & Hispanic Commission, and IPT

                            Eliminate funding to these two commissions. Cut funding to IPT. Oregon doesn't sponsor Public Television. Public Television must raise funds and charge for its services.

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                            • Charge a rational fee for State employee parking.

                              A monthly Capital Mall parking tag costs $5/month. A parking space costs many tens of times this amount to maintain. Charge a rational fee for parking. As a side benefit of saving tax money, perhaps it will encourage employees to find wiser ways of commuting.

                              8 votes
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                              • Return Maintenance and Operations to the Property Tax

                                The ill planned tax shift passed during the special session has seriously decreased the revenue for the state. This decrease in revenue is severely impacting schools and other important programs.

                                Homeowner occupied properties should continue to be exempt from the M&O portion of property tax. This plan was proposed, but never was given a chance for debate by the legislature. It is time to bring it back.

                                7 votes
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                                • Lean Methodology in State Government

                                  The state of Idaho should implement lean methodology in its operation. It should operate in a manner of continuous process improvement, much like the private sector (regardless of the state of the economy).

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                                  • Cut state employees paid holidays

                                    On Monday I was shocked that both the Department of Labor and the Library were closed. I have never had a job where I got MLK day off. Presidents Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day and Idaho Human Rights Day are all state holidays that are not normally recognized by the private sector. I would be curious to know exactly how much all these extra holidays are costing the state. Maybe some state office could close that day and employees could have the option to use vacation. This is what the private sector does. I know someone will argue that private…

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                                    • Change constitution & have legislature meet every other year

                                      The constitution requires the legislature meet every year. Propose legislation changing this. If an emergency occurred, the Governor could call a special session of the legislature. It seems like legislators spend the 60 + days they are in Boise squabbling with one another. Limit the squabbling to every other year.

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                                      • Get a New Parks & Rec Director

                                        Fire the Director of Parks & Rec! When faced with the reality that P & R will be eliminated, she now comes up with a $4.5 million dollar business plan. NOW she'll begin to operate the agency like a business? Really?! What was she doing for the last 4 years? If a director in the private sector operated that inefficiently, they would get canned. Run it like a business and can the director.

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