Statement by Washington Policy Center on Supreme Court's McCleary sanction order

August 14, 2015 in Blog

Today’s extreme and unprecedented ruling by the state Supreme Court will do nothing to improve education outcomes for Washington students.

Washington Policy Center agrees with state Attorney General Bob Ferguson that the unprecedented contempt sanctions should have been vacated after the historic investment from lawmakers in basic education this session.

WPC statement on Senate passage of transportation bills

March 2, 2015 in Blog

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.

WPC's Solutions Summit attracts 600 attendees statewide

January 7, 2015 in Blog

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.”

WPC on I-1351 after day two of ballot returns

November 6, 2014 in Blog

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.

WPC debates Initiative 1351 on TVW's Inside Olympia

October 20, 2014 in Blog

Watch below as WPC's Education Director, Liv Finne, debates Initiative 1351 on TVW's Inside Olympia.

WPC debates Initiative 1351 in Spokane

October 16, 2014 in Blog

WPC Eastern Washington director Chris Cargill debates Mary Howes of Class Size Counts - backers of Initiative 1351 - at a League of Women Voters forum in Spokane, on October 7th.

WPC testifies before Congress on the Small Business Health Option Program exchanges

September 22, 2014 in Blog

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. 

Washington Policy Center's statement on the defeat of King County Metro's Proposition 1

April 23, 2014 in Blog

Failure of the measure does not mean people want bus service cuts

Contact: Lisa Shin
(206) 937-9691
lshin [at] washingtonpolicy [dot] org

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. 

Join us at UW this evening or watch live online!

April 2, 2014 in Blog

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. releases 2014 Missed Votes Report for Legislators

March 18, 2014 in Blog

Contact: Lisa Shin
lshin [at] washingtonpolicy [dot] org has released its annual Missed Votes Report, detailing missed roll call votes on bills for every legislator during the 2014 Legislative Session.  

WPC launches Young Professionals Club at the University of Washington

March 9, 2014 in Blog

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.

Follow up to previous blog: Commissioner Kreidler and the problems with Obamacare implementation in Washington state

December 4, 2013 in Blog

Having received several responses to the previous blog posted by Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research, one Washington resident wanted to share his personal story.