OLYMPIA, Wash. – You may only need to replace your car’s license plates every ten years under a new cost-cutting suggestion by Gov. Chris Gregoire.
The governor on Friday announced several moves to help the state cut $2 billion from the budget.
One suggestion is that the requirement that car owners must replace their license plates every seven years be extended to ten years. The state requires the plates be changed because it claims the reflective coating wears out, making it harder for police to identify vehicles in bad weather.
Gregoire is ordering agencies to cut back on cell phone usage and subscription plans, and to eliminate cell phones where appropriate. She also wants reduce the number of cars in the state fleet by another 300 for a total reduction of 500 vehicles.
The governor wants employees to use more video or web conferencing and email. And she wants agencies to ensure that employee home assignments, which often happen during an investigation of workplace issues, to be concluded more quickly.
"Recently we have seen examples where we haven't met those standards," Gregoire said.
In addition, the governor wants employees to use electronic travel vouchers when possible and she wants to eliminate printing and distribution of the state’s wall calendars.