Our public-sector leadership needs to set priorities and focus resources toward delivering effective results. Our leaders need to re-examine Washington's constitution to set direction for results. They must also heed the message of voters to stop relying on tax increases as a way to fix budget shortfalls.
*Bring in leaders who listen and empower state employees with high expectations and clear accountability. Establish a system that rewards performance over tenure.
*Introduce competition for would-be providers of certain government services, with the goal of increasing service quality and saving money.
*Change the culture at state agencies to one of partnership with the private sector instead of viewing it as something to manage.
*Increase the difficulty of amending voter-approved initiatives.