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.
Can't say I disagree with your premise, Jethro, but I suspect "Eliminate the Central Government" would be a difficult sell. Frankly, anything less than this will always be pennies thrown at a (million)dollar-sized problem.
Dumb idea, you're tripping over dollars to save pennies.
I agree with NOITALL2010, though not to the exclusion of my initial idea. Right now, state-owned parking lots in the Capital Mall become "free" public parking after hours. Very few people know this, and so they sit empty. Making them pay lots after hours for the public would not only increase revenue to offset the cost of maintenance, but would increase available spaces for public use in evenings and on weekends.
Leave the $5/month parking fee alone. Instead of having state employees shoulder yet another increased cost, how about contracting with Car Park or one of the other parking lot companies and charge the public to use these parking spaces for after hours and weekend usage. A prime spot is the parking lot to the west and east of the capital. Lets not make this a commuting issue but rather a discussion on how to utilize our resources wisely.
I agree and I have a CM parking tag! I am a vanpooler and believe it is the way to go for commuting from Canyon County. It is inexpensive, easy, reliable, and less stress than driving alone.
Joe Swank commented
I agree those who can commute should, I am hardly ever for taxing the citizens, but a usage fee for those who use a particular service is reasonable.