June 6, 2006
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Seattle - Washington Policy Center, the State's premier public policy research organization held it's 4th Annual Health Care Conference, "Moving Health Care Forward: Tools and Techniques for a Healthier Washington," today in SeaTac. At the sold-out Conference, attended by over 250 people, business owners, legislators, agency and legislative staff, patients, doctors and industry representatives debated long-standing health care issues as well as newer challenges arising because of...

May 31, 2006
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Seattle - Washington Policy Center, the state's premier public policy research and education organization, is sponsoring their 4th Annual Health Care Conference, "Moving Health Care Forward: Tools and Techniques for a Healthier Washington," a half-day conference, Tuesday, June 6th from 8:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel, 18740 International Blvd. SeaTac.

May 25, 2006
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Seattle - Since becoming Mayor, Greg Nickels has spent over $3.2 billion in regular taxes collected from citizens. Now he is seeking new taxes to pay for the basic service of repairing the city's roads and bridges.

May 12, 2006
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Seattle - Eric Schlosser's latest book, Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know about Fast Food, puts a new twist on efforts to demonize the food industry and the free-market system that makes quality, abundance and low prices possible for consumers. This time, Schlosser is targeting a new audience - American school children.

April 28, 2006
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Seattle - Washington Policy Center, Washington's premier free-market public policy research and education organization welcomes Tanya Karwaki as the new Center for Health Care Reform Director. This marks WPC's fourth research center, following the openings of the Center for Environmental Policy, WashingtonVotes.org, and the Center for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The Center for Health Care Reform will be formally announced at our June 6th Health Care Conference, "Moving Health...

April 24, 2006
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Seattle - With the year one-third of the way over, Washington residents can finally start using their hard-earned money to pay the bills, clothe their children and buy food. From January 1 through May 3, all of the income earned by Washington citizens is used to pay taxes levied by federal, state and local governments. Starting May 4, the people of Washington can finally start working for themselves.

April 12, 2006
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Seattle - Washington Policy Center, the state's premier public policy research and education organization, recognizes April 9th through 15th as "Small Business Week" as proclaimed by President Bush.

March 3, 2006
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As state legislators consider three budget proposals (one each from the Governor, House and Senate), they should be wary of continuing a spending trend that will lead to future budget deficits. Even though there is a $1.6 billion budget surplus forecasted, all three supplemental budget proposals spend down the future surplus and could lead to deficits in future bienniums.

February 9, 2006
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Washington Policy Center's President Dann Mead Smith and Small Business Project Director Carl Gipson will be announcing a new study, "Reviving Washington's Small Business Climate: Policy Recommendations from the 2005 Small Business Conferences" in Tri-Cities on Thursday, February 9th. This is a follow-up to Washington Policy Center's Small Business Conferences in the Tri-Cities and Sea-Tac, both held last fall.

January 30, 2006
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Seattle - Washington Policy Center is hosting their Annual Legislative Briefing, Tuesday, January 31st in Olympia. The luncheon will is from 12:00-1:00 pm in the House Hearing Room B in John L. O'Brien Building. This event will give you an overview of our latest research and analysis on the key issues facing Legislators this session.

January 23, 2006
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Seattle - Washington Policy Center today applauded this week's announcement by the Food and Drug Administration to make prescription drug labels easier for patients to understand. This new labeling will ensure that important information such as a drug's uses, correct dosage, and warnings of side effects and drug interactions will be easier for a patient to read and find on the prescription.

January 18, 2006
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Who: Washington Policy Center's Small Business Project

What: Release of "Reviving Washington's Small Business Climate: Policy Recommendations from the 2005 Small Business Conferences"

Where: Senate Rules Room, 2nd Floor of Legislative Building, Olympia

When: 1:00 pm, Today, January 18

Olympia - Washington Policy Center will release its new study "Reviving Washington's Small Business Climate: Policy Recommendations from the 2005 Small Business...

January 16, 2006
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Yakima - Washington Policy Center's President Dann Mead Smith and Small Business Project Director Carl Gipson will announce a new study, "Reviving Washington's Small Business Climate: Policy Recommendations from the 2005 Small Business Conferences" in Yakima today, January 16. This is a follow-up to Washington Policy Center's Small Business Conferences in Eastern Washington and Sea-Tac, both held last fall.

January 13, 2006
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Seattle - Washington's Certificate of Need law should be repealed is the conclusion of Washington Policy Center's new study released today, "The Failure of Government Central Planning: Washington's Medical Certificate of Need Program." John Barnes, the study's author and policy analyst at Washington Policy Center, takes a critical look at Washington's Certificate of Need (CON) Program and other CON programs around the country in...

January 6, 2006
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Seattle - Every step of the 2006 Legislative Session will be documented by WashingtonVotes.org, a revolutionary, free website that provides concise, plain-English, objective descriptions of every bill, amendment and vote of the Washington legislature. The site's searchable electronic database, by issue or bill number, allows users to learn about every action of the legislature within 24 hours of its occurrence.

Citizens interested in particular issues such as education or taxes can...

January 1, 2006
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Seattle - Washington Policy Center, Washington's premier free-market public policy research and education organization, elected four new board members, John Connors, Kathy Connors, John Fluke and Roberta Weymouth at its Annual Board meeting in December 2005.

December 20, 2005
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Seattle - Governor Gregoire announced her plans for Washington State's spending budget for 2006, and many citizens will wonder where the $1.4 billion budget surplus went. For the first time in many years the state has a budget surplus as the 2006 Legislative Session approaches in January, but Gregoire's spending plans will continue to leave a larger hole for next year's budgeting process.

December 12, 2005
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Seattle- Washington Policy Center released a new study today, "Oregon's Measure 37 Property Rights Law, Lessons from the First Eleven Months." Todd Myers, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy for WPC, evaluates the effects of Oregon's Measure 37 and provides a perspective on what Washington citizens might expect if a similar law were to pass in our state. The study is the first comprehensive look at the impact of the Measure in Oregon.

November 17, 2005
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SeaTac - Small business owners, legislators and policymakers gathered for the 2005 Statewide Small Business Conference Thursday at the SeaTac Hilton to discuss Washington state's business climate. Governor Gregoire gave the keynote lunch address and laid out her plan to forgo the planned 3.8% workers' compensation increase for January 2006.

November 11, 2005
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Tri-Cities - Small business owners, legislators and policymakers gathered for the 2005 Eastern Washington Small Business Conference Thursday at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick to discuss Washington state's business climate. During several breakout sessions covering issues such as employer regulations, workers' compensation and health care, business owners were able to suggest solutions that would bring about a better business climate.