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Ericksen's 10 Solutions for a Better Washington are:

1. Don't raise taxes and end deficit spending
"Once we decide to not raise taxes we can get to work on reforming our government."

2. Implement priorities of government
"By definition if some things are priorities it means that other things are not. We need to focus our time, attention and resources on the priorities."

3. Embrace and utilize private sector innovation
"The private sector should be managing our ferry fleet, running our liquor stores, selling workers compensation insurance programs, and other items currently done by the state."

4. Fix the Big 3:
*Eliminate the government monopoly in workers compensation programs
*Reform the unemployment insurance system
*Modernize our permitting system

5. Patient based health care reform
"Health care reform needs to reduce costs, increase access, and protect quality. That is what my health care reform legislation does. We need to implement these reforms now."

6. Energy independence through technology, exploration, and innovation
"We need to do it all when it comes to energy. Technology and conservation need to be combined with nuclear energy and greater utilization of domestic supplies."

7. Build big bold projects
"We need to get to work now on a high speed rail network to connect our cities together, build major highway projects to reduce congestion, build new water storage projects, and work with private companies to build new energy facilities. We are currently wasting tax payer dollars and building very little."

8. Job creation zones
"We need to create job zones in Washington that make new jobs the priority."

9. Reform the B&O tax
"We need a fairer and flatter tax system that does not punish job creators, large or small. We need to replace the B&O tax with a system modeled on Texas."

10. Reduce the mandates on local governments and schools
"We need to create a standing committee in Olympia to systematically reduce the number of mandates on our local governments and local school districts. Standards must remain high, but flexibility must be granted to get the job done in the way that works for the different regions of our state."


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