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  1. I have both an interest in this issue and insight from working within the network of agencies funded through natural resource funds via the Governor’s budget. The thought that shuffling bureacrats around will save gobs of money is spurious. All that does is benefit some and hurt others. Those capable of riding the political tides best will win, and those not as adept will lose.

    What could make a difference would be for State Government to actually set some priorities. You can argue that there are too many bureaucrats receiving pay from these funds, but believe it or not, people in the communities of Washington State benefit from their work in one way or another. If you want to save money you have to pick missions that actually help some people and say that they are not as important as others.

    State government has been loathe to do this, at least for the last decade. Big agencies have shaved prorated percentages off of their budgets without any programs that I’m aware of being closed down. It encourages government by mediocrity, not focused and effective government.

    You can bet that I’ll be watching this develop. My agency receives some of the funding sent through these agencies, and I have no desire to be one of the losers.

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