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Mon., Aug. 21, 2006, 11:44 a.m.

A phone book’s worth of ideas…

The business-backed Washington Policy Center, the same group that puts together Washingtonvotes.org, has issued a 300-page "Policy Guide" for the state. The recommendations -- on taxes, health care, energy, etc. -- will find a lot more favor with Republicans than with the Democrats who control the statehouse.

Among those recommendations:
-eliminating state jobs that are vacant for six months or more, on the assumption that the agency can do without that position.
-privatizing Washington's state-run liquor system.
-trying privately-run prisons.
-and compensating (or exempting) property owners for value lost to zoning regulations or restrictions on development.

Still, there are at least a couple of recommendations that will likely pass the bipartisan test: Page 265's "Encourage scholastic achievement in the areas of science and technology" and Page 46's "Avoid enacting a state income tax."

You can buy the book from the group for $15 or read it for free online here.




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