This is not going to be a popular letter amongst folks who like big government and depend on them, but it is an idea to throw out there to start a conversation about fixing our 2 billion dollar state deficit.
As of last years numbers, according to the Office of Financial Management, there are approximately 110,000 state employees. The majority of them are in four categories: education, transportation, corrections and health/social services. When Gov. Chris Gregoire took over as our governor she rapidly increased state government approximately 35 percent, which was more than the growth of our state population.
We have to shrink our state government (that means cut some state jobs). Do we need janitors, do we need lawn care, do we need the state to have a printing department? Do we need the Department of Transportation owning construction equipment that it rarely uses? Do we need State Patrol officers driving their patrol cars home?
These are just some examples of where state government can save money. We have to start somewhere, because government’s out-of-control spending is killing our economy.