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  1. Well i have a suggestion to prevent fraud and cons involving debit cards and money.

    i have figured out that you could decress the amount of money frauds by simply using a fingerprint id scheme. You could possibly do this in medc. To set it up , you put a finger pad device at every cash point machine so it can get more people set up . Also bying things ofline could occour if you get a usb finger pad plug in . this will stop fraud because there are no codes or cards involved . if you have a cut on your finger then this is why you will register with more than one…

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  3. winter fuel payments.why not issue vouchers that can be redeemed to fuel suppliers

    Every year the over 60's receive winter fuel allowances why not issue fuel vouchers that have to be redeemed to the energy supplier.this will stop money being spent on luxury items by certain individuals.
    I am 66 years of age

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  4. Video Lottery Terminals

    Idaho should allow private companies to build Video Lottery Terminals. video Lottery teriminals are like a computerized scratch-off tickets. They are hooked up to a ceteralized system
    Idaho should allow private companies to build Video Lottery Terminals. Video Lottery terminals are like a computerized scratch-off tickets. They are hooked up to a centralized computer system and instead of players playing against the house they are playing against each other. The Idaho lottery commission would be in control of the centralized computer system while private companies would manage the terminals.

    There are three main benefits I would like to highlight
    The…

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  5. tax on soft drinks

    1% additional tax on sugared soft drinks, chips, candy. No additional tax on sugar free beverages. These are purchases of choice so paying the tax is a choice.

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  6. Invest in more energy R&D

    Here is a video from Idaho National Laboratory that showcases the lab's research. These are good jobs for Idahoans. http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/video.php?v=1091178696240&ref=mf

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  7. Use e-readers books in all schools to reduce costs/waste and allow consolidation of efforts

    This eliminates the need for weighty textbooks reducing injuries to young students. It allows for easier movement of materials, reduces loss of books (just re-load if needed). There will be cost savings associated with not having to store or manage thousands of hard books. No receipt, assignment or movement of books. No book depository, no paid staff to oversee. No use of administrator time to recover monies for lost books. Parents put a deposit down at the beginning of the year and get it back when the e book is returned. The device can be loaded with every text in…

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  8. Make Dept of Agriculture - user fee funded

    The State Dept of Agriculture services a little over 25,000, mainly corporate farms in Idaho. Out of 40 Million dollar budget, 10 million comes from the General fund. Moving this 10 million to user fees, would be a simple and fair process as we look to move other agencies that have direct user benefits to self-funding. Agriculture in Idaho is already provided property tax exemptions, sales tax exemptions and income tax exemptions. It seems only fair that farms in Idaho should start paying their own way. This would have little effect on small family farms, they received little percentage of…

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  9. 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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  10. School Insurance Ideas

    Is it possible for all the school districts in the state to group together and get a better rate for insurance? Doing this should make it more affordable for the districts and allow employees to add their families to the insurance whereas before they couldn't afford it. Don't insurance companies give better rates for larger organizations?

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  11. Make agencys responcible for themselves

    Rather than concentrating on makng thr capital building more effeicient, why not put more people to work and create sales tax income, state tax fuel taxes, the basics. Why not put the State Inmates Back in prision and Let the Unemployed back to work? Who's gonna make more money? Why 'doctor' the number by saying the Unemployment numbers for January and Febuary will be down. Tell why... People like me who have used all thier unemployment benifits bucause they cannot find work. Partly because we have undocumented worers who send there tax money to mexico. Or The State Prisinor that…

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  12. make local offices again

    I no longer have a worker at our local office. I have to call 800 numbers to talk about my account. why not make local people again and get rid of the call centers. That would save a bunch of money as it would decrease workers.

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  13. state vehicles

    I would just like to say that I have a problem with the state cutting the education funding while the Fish and Game are driving around all new vehicles. I have seen brand new, loaded to the gills Ford and Chevy pickups with the F&G stickers on the side. How come they are buying new rigs when the state is supposed to be "pinching pennies"? There are too many wasteful things going on and our state govt. is letting this happen. I think the people of this state need to stand up for themselves against a wasteful govt. Why do…

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  14. Change the way we assist with food.

    Some different ideas: Take the money available to assist with food and divide it between those that have applied that month.

    Instead of giving people cards to buy whatever they want have places where they can come pick up commodities. Start with produce from our state, potatoes, beans, fruit, dairy etc.

    Cut back the money given and teach them if required how to cook. Counties already have instructors to do this. I do not know any family that spends the amount that those that get assistance get.

    For example I know a family with three small children. They get nearly…

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  15. Create Division of Natural Resources

    Consolidate depts. of Fish&Game, Parks, Lands, etc. Will make it so all have common administrative services in Boise. This will reduce replication of these services in each department. Then can appoint political person for division head and actually hire dept. heads that have knowledge and experience in their fields that can run depts.efficiently not mess it all up with ignorance. Why have politicians running our natural resources when they have NO idea what they are doing. Would never hire someone who runs feed lot to manage computer business, but have people managing parks with no knowledge of park management. If…

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  16. Online services gap annalysis.

    Idaho’s citizens have access to dozens of online services however, the state has gaps in its online portfolio. To improve cabinet level administrative services the state should identify online projects that can decrease costs, generated additional revenue, and improved customer service. Services like criminal background checks, temporary vehicle license plates, driver license renewals, Inmate banking, payments to state Universities any kind of permitting (AG, DEQ etc.) or a central payment center for all agencies.

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  17. Reduce Idaho state tax exemptions by 25% which will bring in over twice the budget deficit.

    Most of our state tax exemptions should be eliminated. Without these exemptions our state fund would be increased by around 1.5 billion dollars. If we just reduced it by 25% we would have more than enough money to pay for our schools and the other budget items.

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  18. Tax Services

    Why not put a sales tax on services, no sales tax on food or clothing. this would increase the revenue as well as place the tax more fairly on those who have and help those who have not.

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  19. Stop waisting money on ground breaking and dedication cerimonies for highway projects

    Why do we need to have a cerimony or a dedication for basic infrastructure? Sign the needed documents and get to work, when the work is done, open the road. we really don't need any kudos for doing the job that is expected.

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  20. There should be one health insurance pool for everyone

    Get rid of insurance pools by company. There should be one pool for the whole state. I have the same health risk regardless of the size of my company. In anycase, Big Blue insures me where ever I go, so it really does not matter who I work for.

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