Eye On Olympia

Ideas to save your money...

Each year, Secretary of State Sam Reed hands out awards to state workers who come up with ways to make government more efficient or cheaper.

Among this year's crop:

-Kennewick State trooper David Wilbur: change the oil in pursuit vehicles every 5,000 miles instead of every 3,000. Savings: $96,000 a year.
-John Traylor, a Spokane social worker: photograph all children placed in foster homes, so they can be identified quickly in case of emergency.
-Aric Norton, a computer worker for the state Liquor Control Board: setting up a toll-free phone number for state workers using laptop computers. Savings: $11,726 a year.

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