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New CREDO study shows New Jersey charter schools outperforming traditional schools

January 3, 2013 in Blog

During last year’s political campaign against charter schools, Initiative 1240 opponents never tired of citing a single academic study, released in 2009 by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), showing less-than-stellar results for some charter schools.

Danny Westneat and the Big Lie

July 5, 2012 in Blog

Seattle Times liberal columnist Danny Westneat is upset that Washington Policy Center agrees with national experts that the Obamacare law’s mandate tax is one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history.

Congress without Limits: ObamaCare's Effect on States and Local Self-Government

March 27, 2012 in Blog

The Supreme Court today devoted most of its session to discussing the new limits ObamaCare's individual mandate would impose on personal freedom, but often overlooked is the disruption the mandate would create in the relationship between the citizens of the states and their federal government.

Individual Health Insurance Mandate Has Its Day In Court

March 26, 2012 in Blog

This is the first of three updates on the Supreme Court case. Updates will follow tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday.

Prominent Democratic donor calls Washington an education reform backwater, a joke

February 14, 2012 in Blog

PubliCola's Morning Fizz reports today on an e-mail from venture capitalist, high-dollar investor and major Democratic donor Nick Hanauer in which he expresses his thoughts, and frustrations, about the need for education reform in our state.

Calculate Your Tax Hit - The New Families and Education Levy

October 24, 2011 in Blog

Folks at Seattle Families Against Prop. 1 have created a tax calculator based on public records information from the King County Assessor’s office.  A Seattle ballot proposal would double the cost of the Families and Education Levy, an extra funding program that has been in place since 1990.

The calculator lets you type in your street address and it tells you how much you’ll pay in additional taxes over the life of the new Levy.  Here’s what Levy opponents say about it:

At The Stranger – Brain Off, Anger On

October 20, 2011 in Blog

We all know that a lot of swearing and yelling goes on over at The Stranger, which bills itself as Seattle’s Only Newspaper, at least that’s how their 2011 election endorsement page comes across.  Here’s what they say about the Families and Education Levy:

Seattle School Board Votes in Support of Tax Increase on Homeowners

May 6, 2011 in Blog

Wednesday night the Seattle School Board passed a resolution calling for doubling the cost of the city’s Families and Education Levy, which goes to Seattle voters for renewal in November.

Follow the money? WPC funding is private and voluntary. Public sector union funding is public and mandatory

April 21, 2011 in Blog

On April 13th a reader of the Sequim Gazette angrily wrote in response to my guest column about the power of public sector unions within state government, saying we should “out” people who support WPC.  We often hear this criticism from our friends on the left -- here’s my response, which the Gazette published yesterday.

Tribal Attorney Harold Monteau Wants it Both Ways

March 28, 2011 in Blog

WPC’s Chris Cargill wrote recently about the huge advantage tribal casinos have over their non-Indian competitors because tribes don’t have to pay the same taxes as the rest of us.  Harold Monteau, a Chippewa Cree attorney, indignantly responded in Indian Country Today.  In reading his response it seems Mr.

Our Free-market Colleagues Fight Corporate Pork in Arizona

March 14, 2011 in Blog

Those of us who believe that free-market principles can inspire policies that serve the public interest, reduce taxes, enhance citizen freedom and make government leaner and more efficient are often falsely labeled as corporate shills, fronts for big business and worse.  That’s why it would be so amusing, if it weren’t so tragic, to read about the City of Glendale’s assault on our colleagues at the free-market Goldwater Institute in Arizona.

Constantine cuts public safety, but finds $100k in public funds for his campaign’s public relations firm

February 22, 2011 in Blog

King County Executive Dow Constantine is laying off sheriff’s deputies and county prosecutors, while using County funds to hire the private public relations firm he used in his campaign.

The King County sheriff reports Constantine’s budget cuts eliminated all property-crime investigation teams, closed neighborhood police stations and reduced other crime-fighting services.

McGinn wants to increase taxes in a recession, so he can double spending on a program his Office of Education reports is not helping children as promised

February 3, 2011 in Blog

As a concerned parent of children in Seattle public schools, I see first hand the caring and professional way classroom teachers work to educate all their students.  As a public policy researcher, what I see is a lack of resources and support in the classroom, compared to the District’s half-billion dollar annual budget.  Seattle spends almost $13,000 a year per student, one of the highest levels in the country, yet only 59 cents of every education dollar reaches the classroom, and during layoffs union executives require the youngest and brightest teachers to be fired first.

Seattle Times Columnist Jon Talton Criticizes Business Tax Breaks, Except the One that Benefits His Newspaper

February 1, 2011 in Blog

In a recent column Seattle Times business columnist Jon Talton criticizes Amazon for “seeking the most favorable tax environment to boost profits,” accusing the Seattle-based online retailer of “gaming the tax system”  He says Washington companies like Amazon and Boeing have a social obligation to pay higher taxes to help pay for public services like infrastructure, education, parks and other public amenities.  As I read the column two thoughts occurred to me.

Executive Constantine Decides Gravel Mine Purchase is Very Important; Public Safety Less Important

November 16, 2010 in Blog

King County Executive Dow Constantine’s Communications Director Frank Abe says it is misleading for me to praise Constantine’s ingenuity and determination in finding a way to buy the gravel mine on Maury Island while at the same time saying he is stumped when it comes to finding a way to fund core public safety programs.  Abe’s mistake is saying I said Constantine should use the funding he so skillfu