Seattle –Washington Policy Center today released the results of an informal survey taken during the 2008 Statewide Small Business Forums. The Forums were held last fall in six cities across the state to inform small business owners about new policy ideas that could affect how they run their business.
Speakers focused on the business and occupation tax, transportation environmental regulations, health care and the financial bailout and what they mean to small businesses in...
Olympia – www.WashingtonVotes.org, the state’s premier legislative information website, is once again serving voters as a one-stop informational resource for all of their election needs. As voters enter the last week of the election, WashingtonVotes.org allows voters to search the voting records of their legislators using the website’s user-friendly database. Voters are able to search the...
Spokane – Washington Policy Center, in conjunction with Greater Spokane, Inc., and the Spokane Journal of Business, will be holding a regional Small Business Forum in Spokane on Wednesday, October 29. Business owners and employees will join policymakers and analysts to discuss several important issues impacting small businesses.
What: 2008 Regional Small Business Forum and breakfast
Tri-Cities – Washington Policy Center, in conjunction with Tri-Cities Area Chamber of Commerce, TRIDEC, Tri-Cities Homebuilders Association, and the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, will be holding a regional Small Business Forum in Richland on Thursday, October 30. A bipartisan panel of legislators will discuss health care reform ideas for the upcoming 2009 legislative session. In addition, business owners and employees will join policymakers and analysts to discuss...
Seattle – In a press release issued by Mass Transit Now!, which is the “Yes” campaign for Sound Transit’s latest ballot measure, the group offered a series of rebuttals to WPC’s 2008 Citizen’s Guide to ST2. Their statements are inaccurate and deserve to be corrected. Below are the claims made by Mass Transit Now! and our response.
Claim: WPC is an “anti-Proposition1 advocacy group.”
Seattle – Washington Policy Center, the state’s premier independent policy research organization, has released the 3rd edition of Policy Guide for Washington State, a 300-page book with more than 150 recommendations on how to fix the biggest policy challenges facing Washington.
The comprehensive Policy Guide contains recommendations on:
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.
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...
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.
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).
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...
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.
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.
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...