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.
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)...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...