September 15, 2008


Seattle – Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, will be the featured speaker at Washington Policy Center’s 2008 Annual Dinner on Wednesday, October 1, at the Seattle Sheraton.

August 14, 2008

Olympia – Washington Policy Center today released a policy recommendation to create an online searchable database of all tax rates in the state. The recommendation calls for a “Taxation Disclosure Act,” to help citizens and businesses learn about how much officials in each taxing district add to a citizen’s total tax burden. A typical home, for example, can be located in as many as ten different taxing districts.

July 29, 2008

Seattle – A third-party peer review of the state Climate Advisory Team’s recommendations found serious flaws in economic projections of costs and benefits.  Washington Policy Center’s study, a cost-benefit analysis by The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston, has concluded that the state Climate Advisory Team’s (CAT) report on...

July 14, 2008

Seattle – Bjorn Lomborg, best-selling author of Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming, will keynote Washington Policy Center’s annual Environmental Policy Luncheon and Conference tomorrow at the Seattle Westin.  More than 300 people will be in attendance.

July 8, 2008

Seattle – Washington Policy Center released a new report showing Sound Transit officials using public money to contribute to special interest groups. The study was featured in an investigative report on KIRO 7 (CBS) television last night (video is available here).

April 22, 2008

Seattle – Another Earth Day is upon us. This is a good time to look back at predictions made on the original Earth Day about environmental disasters that were about to hit the planet.

Most Earth Day predictions turned out to be stunningly wrong. In 1970, environmentalists said there would soon be a new ice age and massive deaths from air pollution. The New York Times foresaw the extinction of the human race. Widely-quoted biologist Paul Ehrlich predicted worldwide...

April 21, 2008

Seattle – April 21-25 is National Small Business Week 2008, with several award and informational events in Washington D.C. sponsored by the United States Small Business Administration. Washington Policy Center (WPC), through its Center for Small Business, is helping to create a state where small business creation, expansion and retention is encouraged.

April 9, 2008

Seattle – Washington Policy Center (WPC) has hired Roger Stark, MD, as Health Care Policy Analyst for the new Center for Health Care.

April 1, 2008

Olympia – Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law today SB 6818 (Promoting transparency in state expenditures). The bill is based on Washington Policy Center’s (WPC) recommendation for the state to adopt a searchable budget website. It passed the legislature unanimously.

February 21, 2008

Seattle – Washington Policy Center (WPC), the state’s premier independent policy research organization, has opened its new Center for Education.

The Center for Education, WPC's sixth research center, supports reforms which would increase parent choice within the public school system, allow principals to manage and improve their schools, place an effective teacher in every classroom, and assure adequate funding for every child. The Center engages in solid research and analysis to...

February 12, 2008

Communications Policy GuideSeattle - Washington Policy Center and the Institute for Policy Innovation today released a new policy guide focusing on...

January 29, 2008

Olympia –Washington Policy Center (WPC) will release its new study, “24 Ways to Improve the State’s Small Business Climate” today during the annual Small Business Day at the Capitol in Olympia.

January 24, 2008

Olympia – Washington Policy Center and Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) will release the Washington State Piglet Book: Connecting the Dots on How Government Wastes Your Money, the definitive guide for reducing waste, abuse, and mismanagement in the state government, at a press conference on Wednesday, January 30.

What: Washington State Piglet Book Release

Who: Washington...

January 7, 2008

Olympia – Two of the state’s strongest advocates for transparent and accountable government have voiced their support for a Washington Policy Center (WPC) proposal to create a free searchable website of all state spending and performance information. On December 5, 2007, WPC released a study entitled Creating a Free, Searchable Website of State Spending.

State Auditor Brian Sonntag (D) and Attorney General Rob McKenna (R)...

January 3, 2008

Seattle – As part of its effort to promote transparency of public decisions, Washington Policy Center today asked that the Climate Advisory Team to extend the public comment period for their “Draft Recommendations” report. The public review period for the more than 200 pages began four days before Christmas on December 21 and concludes next week on January 10. The 21-day review period is shorter than the standard comment period...

December 21, 2007

Seattle - Four recent significant contributions have brought Washington Policy Center's "Free Markets for Washington" research centers campaign to $3.8 million.

December 19, 2007

Washington Policy Center Statewide Poll on Traffic Relief, Prop. 1, and Tolling

Seattle - Washington Policy Center has released a statewide poll that tests the importance of traffic relief both in the Puget Sound region and Washington State.

The survey makes the following key findings:

December 3, 2007

Seattle – Washington Policy Center has released “A National Movement Hits Close to Home: The Living Wage Proposal Comes to Washington State.” The report outlines the living wage proposal that proponents introduced in the city of Spokane in 2006 and gathered signatures to place on the ballot in 2007, but came up short.

November 27, 2007

Seattle - In an open letter to Santa last week and a speech to children at Seattle's Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Westlake Center, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels last week offered a Grinch-like tone, grumbling about climate change threatening Santa, telling kids "I hope the reindeer can swim," and blaming them and their energy-sucking video games for melting Arctic ice.

As Nickels spoke, his assistants handed out stickers admonishing the crowd to "Save Santa." In the...

November 21, 2007

Olympia – The State Supreme Court today overturned a 2006 Snohomish County Superior Court ruling that found the legislature violated I-601 in 2005 when adopting the 2005-07 budget and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases. I-601, adopted by voters in 1993, established a state spending and tax limit.