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Budget reforms needed to remove threat of government shutdown

August 7, 2015 in Blog

During the last two biennia Washington has come dangerously close to a state government shutdown. The current 2015-17 budget was signed just 18 minutes before a shutdown (signed at 11:42 p.m. on June 30) while the 2013-15 budget was approved a few hours before the new budget cycle (signed at 4:20 p.m. on June 30, 2013).

Initiative Measure No. 1366

August 4, 2015 in In the News
The Snohomish Times
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The Snohomish Times
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

WPC joins amicus defending people's right to enact fiscal restraints on lawmakers

August 3, 2015 in Blog

Washington Policy Center (WPC) is a strong defender of the people's right of initiative as well as their power to enact fiscal restraints on lawmakers to help promote sustainable budgeting. This is why we are happy to sign on to the amicus brief in the case of Kerr v. Hickenlooper currently before the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for reconsideration at the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Initiative Measure No. 1366

August 3, 2015 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial appeared in The Snohomish Times on August 1, 2015.

Initiative 1366, the "Taxpayer Protection Act," has qualified for the November ballot. Here is the official ballot title and summary for I-1366:

Ballot Title: Initiative Measure No. 1366 concerns state taxes and fees.

Initiative Measure No. 1366

August 3, 2015 in In the News
Snohomish Times
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Snohomish Times
Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Is Initiative 1366 a constitutional amendment?

July 31, 2015 in Blog

Initiative 1366, the "Taxpayer Protection Act," has qualified for the November ballot. Here is the official ballot title and summary for I-1366: 

State budget deal meltdown shows need for reforms

July 20, 2015 in Publications

Download a PDF of this Opinion/editorial here. 

Believe it or not, Washington has one of the strongest balanced budget requirements in the country. Under that 2012 law (strongly supported by Washington Policy Center), “The legislature must adopt a four-year balanced budget ...”