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Seattle - Washington's Certificate of Need law should be repealed is the conclusion of Washington Policy Center's new study released today, "The Failure of Government Central Planning: Washington's Medical Certificate of Need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.

November 9, 2005
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Washington Policy Center's 2005 Eastern Washington Small Business Conference, presented with Verizon, Association of Washington Business, National Federation of Independent Business, Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce, Yakima Chamber of Commerce, Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, Tri-City Area Chamber of Commerce, Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, Tri City Industrial Development Council and over 40 other organizations will be held tomorrow, Thursday, November 10th at the Three...

October 20, 2005
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Washington Policy Center's 2005 Eastern Washington Small Business Conference, presented with Verizon, Association of Washington Business, National Federation of Independent Business, Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tri-City Area Chamber of Commerce, Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, Tri City Industrial Development Council, Yakima Chamber of Commerce, the Independent Business Association and over 40 other organizations will be held Thursday, November 10th at the Three Rivers...

October 20, 2005
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Washington Policy Center's 2005 Statewide Small Business Conference, presented with Verizon, Association of Washington Business, National Federation of Independent Business, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Independent Business Association, and over 40 other organizations will be held Thursday, November 17th at the SeaTac Hilton from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

October 4, 2005
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Seattle - Washington Policy Center released a new study, Guide to Initiative 900: Reviewing Government through Performance Audits. Policy analyst John Barnes presents a study on Initiative 900, which will appear on the November ballot.

This publication is the final installment in the Center's studies of all 2005 statewide initiatives, and looks closely at Initiative 900 as well as the audit plans passed by the Legislature in HB 1064 and SB 6103 during the 2005 Session.

September 26, 2005
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Who: Zell Miller, Former U.S. Senator and Governor of Georgia

When: 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 27th

Where: Whidbey Room, Downtown Seattle Westin Hotel (3rd Floor)

September 19, 2005
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Seattle - Washington Policy Center, the state's premier public policy organization, today released a new study, Overview of Initiatives 330 and 336: Proposals to Reform Washington's Medical Liability Law. Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research at the center, presents research on the implications of Initiatives 330 and 336 in this policy brief. Both initiatives, appearing on the ballot this November, make competing proposals for reforming Washington's medical liability law.

August 25, 2005
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President Dann Mead Smith of Washington Policy Center was appointed as one of five citizen members for the Washington state Performance Audit Citizen Advisory board.

The ten members of the advisory board will be responsible for ensuring newly authorized performance audits are consistent with the state services citizens care most about and that they result in savings for taxpayers. The board will be overseeing work plans based on opinions from citizens, state employees and managers...

August 16, 2005
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Seattle - Washington Policy Center, Washington's premier freemarket public policy research and education organization, elected James E. Coles of Western Peterbilt to its Board of Directors.

August 10, 2005
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Washington Policy Center, the state's premier independent public policy research and education organization, recently hired Lyndsey Hartje as the new Communications Coordinator and Jordan Larner as a Development Assistant.

June 15, 2005
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Washington Policy Center, the state's premier public policy research and education organization, published a new pocketbook guide for employers who want to know more about Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).

June 15, 2005
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Washington Policy Center, the state's premier public policy research and education organization, is sponsoring Health Care 2005: Empowering Patients, Controlling Costs, a half-day conference tomorrow, Thursday, June 16th from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Seattle Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue.

May 23, 2005
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Former Congressman George Nethercutt will address a Washington Policy Center (WPC) luncheon today in Tacoma at the Sheraton Hotel. Mr. Nethercutt, who sits on the Washington Policy Center board of directors, will give an overview of the current Congressional Session and WPC president Daniel Mead Smith and vice president for research Paul Guppy will recap the 2005 Washington Legislative Session. The event will focus on how the...