July 8, 2008
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Communications Policy GuideSeattle - Washington Policy Center and the Institute for Policy Innovation today released a new policy guide focusing on...

January 29, 2008
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.