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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.

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"Choose Washington" - No Capital Gains Taxes

March 3, 2015 in Blog

To help market the state of Washington to potential businesses the Department of Commerce runs a website called "Choose Washington." Under the tab "Why Washington" you can select "Our Strengths." Under that tab you will find a page called "Pro-Business."

Will the Senate vote to enforce its rules?

March 3, 2015 in Blog

On the first day of session the Senate, using the powers granted to it by Article 2, Section 9 of the state Constitution, adopted rules to govern its proceedings. Among the rules adopted was Rule 64 to require a supermajority vote to move a bill creating a new tax from second to third reading.

Should volatile capital gains taxes be relied on to fund the state's "paramount duty"?

February 26, 2015 in Blog

In our prior blog post we looked at the volatility of capital gains taxes and how California adopted a constitutional amendment to force more savings of its revenue from that source versus spending it to reduce the state's rollercoaster budgeting.

Friday GMNW- 2/20 Eye on Olympia

February 25, 2015 in In the News
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Washington governors show pattern of breaking no-tax promises

February 25, 2015 in Publications

A 20-year review finds that each of the last four governors sought to raise taxes

Download a PDF of this Legislative Memo with citations here.

Are capital gains taxes "secure and stable" or highly volatile?

February 25, 2015 in Blog

When releasing his 2015-17 budget plan Governor Inslee said, “We have a very solid, fiscally sound, secure and stable way of financing everything I’ve talked about today." Among the new taxes he proposes to fulfill this statement is a 7% capital gains tax to generate an estimated $798 million.

In Washington state, almost one-fourth of wireless phone bills go to taxes

February 23, 2015 in Publications

report by the Tax Foundation ranks Washington as the state with the highest wireless taxes in the nation.  In previous years Washington held steady at the second highest.  Clearly we are moving in the wrong direction.

What’s Alive and What’s Dead: 2015 Edition

February 23, 2015 in In the News
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Monday, February 23, 2015