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The Five Spot: 5 jobs to cut first in state government shutdown

From the Editorial Board

Washington State coach Mike Leach (left) and Washington coach Chris Petersen exchange five fingers of respect after an Apple Cup game in Seattle. Imagine the savings if these two were laid off during a state government shutdown.
Washington State coach Mike Leach (left) and Washington coach Chris Petersen exchange five fingers of respect after an Apple Cup game in Seattle. Imagine the savings if these two were laid off during a state government shutdown. AP file photo, 2015

Five suggested cuts if our state has a partial government shutdown starting July 1.

 

1 Gov. Jay Inslee’s personal driver. Give the governor the keys to that Tesla he joyrided earlier this year, and he won’t even have to pump his own gas.

 

2 U-Dub and Wazzu head football coaches, the state’s top-paid employees. Players can somehow get by on their own during summer conditioning.

 

3 All food service and custodial staff at the Legislative Building. Maybe withholding boxed lunches and clean toilets will motivate the politicians to finally get a budget deal done.

 

4 Evergreen State College’s mascot. There’s an obvious lack of backbone on the campus payroll already, so who needs a geoduck?

 

5 Ferry captains and elevator inspectors. Because wouldn’t we all be healthier if forced to paddle Puget Sound or take the stairs for a few weeks?

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