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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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Public safety sales tax increase on ballot in Benton County

June 10, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was published by The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business on May 14, 2014. 

In August, Benton County residents will consider Proposition 14-5 and whether to increase the local sales tax rate by 0.3 percent, raising approximately $9 million per year for public safety spending.

Sunshine Week Legislative Update

June 10, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was originally published by Northwest Daily Marker on March 17, 2014. 

This Sunshine Week forecast is brought to you by the 2014 Legislative Session: Your right to know is partly cloudy. When the just concluded session began there was the opportunity for brilliant sunshine but at least we avoided any severe secret storm warnings.

Do you know how the current state contract negotiations are going?

June 9, 2014 in Blog

No? Neither do we. Realizing that potentially hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake, we believe that like other budget related decisions, these meetings should be open to the public. This is exactly what already occurs in several states.

According to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, here is how several states treat collective bargaining sessions under their open public meeting laws: