Editor's Note: On February 6, we asked BlueOregon readers to suggest progressive ideas that the next Oregon Legislature should enact. Over the next several weeks, we'll post some of these ideas here - and ask you to discuss them. Good idea? Bad idea? Any suggestions?
From Jenni Simonis:
I'd like to see the state work to consolidate some of the services that we currently pay for. This goes along with the push this last year to consolidate health care purchasing for all the school employees.
It'd be nice to see them look into consolidate health care for all state/county/local government, tech support, purchasing, etc. Obviously in some areas you'd still need some localized control and employees. But if much of this was done centrally, you can decrease your costs. That allows you to have more money for other things. In some areas the consolidation might actually do more harm than good. But many times you can save money and even be more efficient.
[If you have your own original progressive idea to propose, do it here: "There oughta be a law."]