Statement by Washington Policy Center on Senate Passage of Transportation Bills
OLYMPIA — The Washington state Senate passed two transportation bills today, in the wake of eight important reforms senators passed last Friday. Together, the bills reflect long-standing Washington Policy Center recommendations to reduce the cost of building roads in Washington state and provide congestion relief to the traveling public.
This year's statewide Solutions Summit drew 600 attendees to Washington Policy Center's policy conference events held in Kennewick and Bellevue.
In Kennewick, WPC honored retiring Congressman Doc Hastings during the opening breakfast and featured Idaho Governor Butch Otter for the keynote luncheon. In his remarks, Governor Otter praised WPC "...the work that [Washington Policy Center] does, the research you do, the information you put out arms us as well as we can be armed and should be armed.”
After day two of ballot returns from Election Day, WPC is closely watching the result trends of Initiative 1351, the class size initiative. Below you will find our statement on the ballot returns for I-1351.
Last week, WPC's Health Policy Analyst, Dr. Roger Stark, testified at a Congressional hearing, conducted by the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, to examine the ongoing problems with the Small Business Health Option Program (SHOP) exchanges.
Seattle – Yesterday the people of King County soundly rejected increasing regressive taxes to provide more money to Metro transit, but that does not mean they want to cut bus services in local communities, as County leaders are threatening.
Tonight Washington Policy Center, along with its Young Professionals group and WPC Young Professionals @UW club, will host the first of two statewide debates in Kane Hall at the University of Washington on the Minimum Wage.
The debate will largely focus on how an increase in the minimum wage will affect young people, particularly college students, recent graduates and young professionals.
Washington Policy Center, a non-profit, independent research organization based in Seattle, launched an extension of its Young Professionals group with an official University of Washington Club, WPC Young Professionals @ UW, last night in the University District.
WPC’s Young Professionals group engages and educates future leaders about public policy issues facing our state and works to get young people involved in policy. The group launched in the spring of 2010 and boasts a membership upwards of 200 people in their 20s and 30s.
Lisa Shin is the Communications & Marketing Director at Washington Policy Center. She was born and raised in Washington state. She studied at Seattle University and transferred to the University of Washington, where she majored in political science and communications. During her time at Seattle University, she founded a mentorship program linking students as volunteer chaplains to youth detained in the King County Juvenile Detention Center. She has served as a relief worker both at Ground Zero following the 9-11 attacks and in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.