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.
Patrice McDermott, Director of Openthegovernment.org, & Jason Mercier, Director, Center for Government Reform, December, 2008
Do we want a government that is open and accountable? The obvious answer is yes. Unfortunately, roughly three-quarters of Americans believe the federal government is secretive and increasing in its secrecy. Independent observers agree that we are rapidly shifting from a society based on the public’s right to know to one premised on the need to know, where the government determines the need. This represents a fundamental shift in democratic precepts, which the new president must fix immediately.
Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research & Jason Mercier, Director, Center for Government Reform, December, 2008
When lawmakers come to Olympia in January they will be tasked with solving a projected $5 billion budget deficit. Thankfully there are several common sense reforms that policymakers can adopt to change the budget status quo and help put the state on the path toward sustainable budgeting. Adopting these reforms will help promote efficiency, improve the quality of services to the public and resolve the constant sense of crisis that pervades the state’s public finances.