November 27, 2007
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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
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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.

November 21, 2007
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Seattle – Washington Policy Center recommends that lawmakers do three things during next week’s special session:

November 20, 2007
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Seattle - In 1996, voters approved Sound Move. At that time, Sound Transit, also known as Regional Transit Authority (RTA), made the following promise:

November 9, 2007
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Seattle - Small business owners, legislators and policymakers from all over Washington gathered for the 2007 Statewide Small Business Conference Thursday at the SeaTac Hilton to discuss Washington state's business climate.During several breakout sessions covering issues such as access to affordable health insurance, workers' compensation, transportation, tax reform and paid family leave, business owners were able to suggest and discuss solutions to improve the climate for small businesses...

November 8, 2007
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Seattle - Today's state Supreme Court ruling is bad news for Washington homeowners.  With one stroke, five judges overturned the clear will of the voters and granted elected officials a 600% increase in taxing authority, now allowing 6% yearly tax hikes instead of I-747's 1% limit.

August 23, 2007
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Seattle - Yesterday, a judge ruled that the state had failed in its duty to fix hundreds of culverts that block thousands of miles of salmon habitat. The judge's ruling requires the state to spend tens of millions of tax dollars on fixing those culverts.

The problem of culverts and other fish blockages is not new. Unfortunately, it has not been a priority for environmental activists or government officials despite potentially dramatic improvements to habitat.

August 10, 2007
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Seattle - The Center for Transportation Policy at Washington Policy Center (WPC), Washington's premier public policy research and education organization, released the fourth installment of its ongoing coverage of the ST2/RTID ballot measure appearing this November.

July 27, 2007
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Seattle - The Center for Transportation Policy at Washington Policy Center (WPC), Washington's premier public policy research and education organization, released the third installment of its ongoing coverage of the ST2/RTID ballot measure appearing this November.  

July 19, 2007
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Seattle - The Center for Environmental Policy at Washington Policy Center (WPC) held their 5th Annual Environmental Luncheon today at the Seattle Red Lion welcoming over 130 people.  The lunch featured the presentation of WPC's Annual Environmental Innovator award, given to individuals or organizations who demonstrate a commitment to environmental sustainability using collaborative, market-oriented approaches.

July 18, 2007
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Seattle - Washington Policy Center (WPC), Washington's premier public policy research and education organization, welcomes Jason Mercier to open the new Center for Government Reform.

The mission of the new Center for Government Reform is to partner with stakeholders and citizens to work toward a government focused on its core functions while improving its transparency, accountability, performance, and effectiveness for...

June 28, 2007
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Seattle - The United States Supreme Court ruled today that the Seattle School Board's school assignment policy violates the civil rights of its own students.

June 7, 2007
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Seattle - Washington Policy Center, the state's premier public policy research and education organization, along with the state's leading business organizations and health care companies, is sponsoring their 5th Annual Health Care Conference, "Emerging Trends in Health Care,"  a half-day conference, tomorrow, June 14th from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

May 21, 2007
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Seattle - Washington Policy Center, the state's premier, independent public policy research organization, officially launched its "Free-Markets for Washington" campaign with 100% participation from its 28 board members. The capital campaign is aimed at expanding Washington Policy Center's research department and creating policy specific research centers.

May 8, 2007
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Seattle - Today the state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling invalidating voter-passed Initiative 747, which set a 1% limit on the annual increase in regular property tax collections.

On June 13, 2006 King County Superior Court Judge Mary E. Roberts struck down Initiative 747 property tax limits, paving the way for state and local officials to increase the tax burden by as much as 6% a...

April 27, 2007
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Seattle - Public officials are asking voters to approve a multi-billion dollar roads and transit package in November that would increase the current transportation tax burden by $286, or 22% per family.  Today, Puget Sound families pay an average of at least $1,303 per household per year in transportation taxes. 

April 20, 2007
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Seattle – For the first time citizens can see how much they currently pay in transportation-related taxes and how much more they will pay if a new transportation plan is passed by voters this fall.  The information is included in the new Washington Policy Center (WPC) study released today, Your Transportation Tax Burden.

April 20, 2007
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Seattle - King County today announced a program to switch from soy-based biodiesel to Washington grown canola-based biodiesel (http://www.metrokc.gov/exec/news/2007/0420energy.aspx). The stated goal is to promote canola production in Washington state to encourage development of biodiesel production. This may pay off in the long-run, but in the short run it is neither fiscally nor environmentally...

April 16, 2007
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Seattle - Governor Christine Gregoire will sign a new eminent domain law tomorrow that will open up the essentially secret meetings where local governments decide to use eminent domain.  Previously, property owners were forced to seek out postings on obscure government websites to discover whether their property faced condemnation.  HB 1458 provides citizens whose property is threatened with direct personal notice of...