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.