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Tremendous loss for WPC in Eastern Washington

October 17, 2013 in Blog

WPC is saddened to report the passing of one of our most active supporters, Eastern Washington Advisory Board Member John Bennett. John was the President of NAI Black in Spokane and joined the Eastern Washington Board after attending our 2010 Annual Dinner.

John was 57. He will always hold a special place in our hearts at WPC, as John was a tireless advocate for our organization and supported our effort to bring a supermajority requirement for tax increases to the city of Spokane.

Judge strikes controversial initiatives from Spokane ballot

August 30, 2013 in Blog

By Mary Catherine McAleer



Voters in Spokane won't be seeing two controversial city initiatives on their November ballots.

Spokane Superior Court Judge Maryanne Moreno has ruled the two initiatives were outside the scope of city powers. The ballot measures--pushed by a range of special interest groups—sought to, among other things, amend Spokane’s City Charter to grant inalienable legal rights to the Spokane River’s water and sediment. 

Washington Policy Center loves facts, loathes inaccurate commentary

August 21, 2013 in Blog

In today’s Spokesman-Review in Spokane, liberal columnist Shawn Vestal attacked Washington Policy Center for its recent analysis on Spokane’s Public Safety costs.

Our analysis, released last month and available here, gives citizens an opportunity to review how Spokane’s public safety spending compares to other cities of similar size (Mobile, AL, Stockton, CA and Fort Wayne, IN), and to other Northwest cities (Boise & Portland).

Farmer for a Day

August 15, 2013 in Blog

What do you get when you add more than a dozen lawmakers, beautiful weather, an irrigated desert, policy wonks and the efforts of the Franklin County Farm Bureau, Washington State Potato Commission and Washington State Farm Bureau?

A successful "Farmer for a Day" program in Pasco.

Will proposed Tri-City aquatic center soak taxpayers?

July 15, 2013 in Blog

On a hot summer day what could sound better than a state of the art indoor/outdoor aquatic center and water park to cool off in? How about one that doesn’t require permanent and ongoing taxpayer subsidies, even under the best case financial projections, to stay afloat. 

Unfortunately, the proposal voters are being asked to consider on August 6 would do just that. Kennewick, Pasco and Richland will decide whether to authorize a sales tax increase of 0.1% to build and operate the new water facility.

Do you eat 18 pounds of fish a month? Yes, state bureaucrats insist

July 15, 2013 in Blog

The Washington state Department of Ecology is once-again on the fast track to adopting new fish consumption rates (FCR). And they’re getting an assist from Governor Jay Inslee.

The FCR is the amount of fish the state assumes you eat for the purposes of new regulations and further bureaucratic control. The higher the number, the more stringent the rules.

Yakima voters will have chance to approve WPC recommendation - the two-thirds requirement for tax increases

July 9, 2013 in Blog

This November, voters in Yakima will decide whether to adopt a reasonable taxpayer protection policy at the local level.

Supporters of a ballot measure to require a two-thirds vote of the Yakima City Council for tax increases have submitted the required amount of signatures to place the issue before voters.

The Tax Sharks Begin To Circle, and Spokane and Pierce County Voters Saw It Coming

February 27, 2013 in Blog

When city of Spokane and Pierce County voters recently approved a supermajority requirement to raise local taxes, supporters contended one of the main reasons was to prevent local tax increases that would be promoted by state officials.

Voters in Spokane want meaningful tax limitation

February 1, 2013 in Blog

Proposition 2 may be a controversial idea to the politicians and special interest groups who want to increase taxes, but it is not a controversial idea to the people of the Spokane area. We have approved the state-level requirement five times already.

Voters have a long history of strongly supporting a higher threshold to increase the financial burden public officials can place on citizens. Perhaps that is why opponents of Proposition 2 are so angry.

The Inlander’s Attack on WPC & Popular Tax Limitation Policy

January 29, 2013 in Blog

A weekly Spokane newspaper apparently thinks taxpayers should just be quiet and let politicians raise taxes as much as they like.

The editor of The Inlander recently wrote an editorial slamming the very idea of Spokane's Proposition 2. The measure would require a two-thirds vote of Spokane’s City Council in order to raise taxes. It’s an important policy change that will require elected officials to work together in an era of increased partisanship.