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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Time to examine public pay

September 8, 2015 in In the News
The Spokesman Review
The Spokesman Review
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

State Supreme Court issues landmark public records ruling on text messages

August 27, 2015 in Blog

In a 9-0 decision this morning the state Supreme Court ruled that the text messages of government employees that relate to official business, even on their private phone, are public records. From the ruling

State rejected WFSE request to pay employees for not crossing strike picket lines

August 26, 2015 in Blog

Now that the 2015-17 state budget has been signed into law the public is able to request details from last summer's secret contract negotiations between state employee unions and Governor Inslee's office. I just received the first batch of public records (more to come in October) with some of these details.

Take 2: Is Initiative 1366 a constitutional amendment?

August 21, 2015 in Blog

Last month we posed this question: Is Initiative 1366 a constitutional amendment? The answer to this question will determine whether voters will have the opportunity to pass their own judgement on the policies proposed by the ballot measure. 

Statement by Washington Policy Center on Supreme Court's McCleary sanction order

August 14, 2015 in Blog

Today’s extreme and unprecedented ruling by the state Supreme Court will do nothing to improve education outcomes for Washington students.

Washington Policy Center agrees with state Attorney General Bob Ferguson that the unprecedented contempt sanctions should have been vacated after the historic investment from lawmakers in basic education this session.

Friday GMNW- 8/14 Eye on Olympia

August 14, 2015 in In the News
Friday, August 14, 2015