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.
Paul Guppy, Vice President of Research, April, 2010
With Democrats very much in control in Olympia, and Republicans on the sidelines, one would expect the legislature to close this year’s looming $2.8 billion budget gap with orderly dispatch. Instead Washingtonians were treated to a dizzying round of closed-door meetings, surprise hearings, do-overs, missed deadlines and bills with no text.
Carl Gipson, Director, Center for Small Business, April, 2010
Puget Sound Business Journal published this op-ed on April 23, 2010.
The 2009-11 supplemental budget recently enacted by the state Legislature, which increases taxes by $800 million, does not deal a fatal blow to any particular industry. Instead, legislators this year decided on the “death by a thousand cuts” approach to raising taxes.
Unfortunately, much of the tax increase falls directly on consumers and the business community, big and small.
Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research, April, 2010
This op-ed first appeared in Spokane's daily newspaper, the Spokesman Review, on Sunday, March 28, 2010. WPC now has a regular column in the Spokesman Review that will appear in the last weekend of each month