Open Government

WPC's Center for Government Reform's mission 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 taxpayers.

About the Center for Government Reform

The Center for Government Reform

Launched in 2007, The Center for Government Reform mission 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 taxpayers.  The Center's objectives include using the power and principles of the free market to change and improve the culture of government, focus government spending and programs on its core functions, adopting structural budget reforms, ensuring taxpayers dollars are spent efficiently and effectively, adopting government transparency reforms and ensuring government remains open and accountable to the citizens it serves.

Top Policy Recommendations for 2013

  1. Restore the legislature’s ability to amend collective bargaining agreements.
  2. Adopt a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds legislative vote to raise state or local taxes.
  3. Create a Competition Council to identify ways to improve public services and save money through competitive contracting out.
  4. Give the public 72 hours’ advance notice before any committee holds a public hearing on a bill; ban blank, title-only bills; and make the final version of a bill available on the internet at least 24 hours before a vote on final passage.
  5. Create an independent Open Government Ombudsman to enforce the provisions of the Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act.
  6. Require taping of executive committee sessions.

Director Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier is Director of the Center for Government Reform at Washington Policy Center. He is a contributing editor of the Heartland Institute’s Budget & Tax News, a columnist for SeattlePostGlobe.org, serves on the board of the Washington Coalition for Open Government, and was an advisor to the 2002 Washington State Tax Structure Committee. In June 2010, Governor Gregoire appointed Jason as WPC’s representative on her Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Panel. Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Washington State University.

Contact Information

For questions or for more information from the Center for Government Reform please e-mail jmercier [at] washingtonpolicy [dot] org.