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.
Jason Mercier, Director, Center for Government Reform, December, 2009
Washington lawmakers again face a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, meaning they will either increase the amount of money they collect from citizens each year, or re-evaluate the way they deliver core services to the public. Increasing taxes during a recession would add economic hardship, while changing the way services are delivered offers part of the solution to closing the deficit without raising taxes.
Jeanette M. Petersen, Adjunct Scholar, November, 2009
Following the Kelo v. City of New London decision by the United States Supreme Court in 2005, many public officials have strenuously argued that eminent domain reform is unnecessary in Washington State because the Washington Constitution protects property owners from the kind of abuse that occurred in Kelo. These officials are wrong.