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Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility and the State Budget

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Transparency * Accountability * Efficiency

As a performance engineer at Microsoft, I used data to drive improvement and efficiencies. As your Senator, I have used these same techniques -- working with State Auditor Brian Sonntag to reduce wasteful spending in state government and supporting new performance audits. When I saw bureaucrats were getting bonuses, despite our budget deficits, I put a stop to it and froze salaries.

In the legislature, I wrote and passed the bill that links budget data and performance. My bill also required the Governor to provide Washington residents with easy, user-friendly online access to the state budget, including searchable links and pie charts, so you can see how your tax dollars are being spent. You can see the results at www.fiscal.wa.gov


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