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.

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Should candidates verify their background for voters?

April 7, 2014 in Blog

Voting for candidates for elected office is an important decision. Unfortunately at times there is little information available about candidates to help us make an informed decision. While county auditors and the Secretary of State produce voter pamphlets with information self-provided by those running for office, is the information actually truthful?

That’s where the new CandidateVerification.org in our state has the potential to bring clarity.  

$43.5 million left to pay for imploded Kingdome

March 26, 2014 in In the News
State Budget Solutions
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State Budget Solutions
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

$43.5 million left to pay for imploded Kingdome

March 26, 2014 in Blog

14 years ago today this was the scene in downtown Seattle as the Kingdome was brought to its knees:

Since then the Seahawks have made 2 Super Bowl appearances, winning one, and taxpayers have paid nearly $135 million to retire debt on the imploded Kingdome ($25.8 million for original construction and $109 million for repairs has been paid for debt service since 2001 to date).

Setting the stage for the 2015-17 budget debate

March 21, 2014 in In the News
State Budget Solutions
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State Budget Solutions
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Setting the stage for the 2015-17 budget debate

March 20, 2014 in Blog

With seven minutes to spare, lawmakers adjourned at 11:53 p.m. on the last day of the 60 day 2014 Legislative Session, avoiding for the first time in several years going into a special session. Among the bills passed was a 2014 supplemental operating budget (SB 6002). Unlike previous years, when major re-writes of the budget were needed, SB 6002 was a true supplemental budget making minor changes to state spending.

Eye on Olympia

March 20, 2014 in In the News
KVEW TV
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KVEW TV
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Most lawmakers miss few votes in 2014

March 18, 2014 in In the News
HeraldNet.com
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HeraldNet.com
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014