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.
Olympia – Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law today SB 6818 (Promoting transparency in state expenditures). The bill is based on Washington Policy Center’s (WPC) recommendation for the state to adopt a searchable budget website. It passed the legislature unanimously.
Jason Mercier, Director, Center for Government Reform, April, 2008
The Legislature’s use of referendum-denying emergency clauses dropped from 14 percent of all bills passed in 2007 to seven percent this year--the lowest percentage over the past decade. Despite this reduction in the number of emergency clauses used by the Legislature, constitutional reforms are still needed to guarantee the people’s right of referendum.
Washington Policy Center (WPC) along with our board member Len Zarelli, hosted a special reception and wrap-up of the 2008 Legislative Session for our supporters and those interested in learning more about our work. The event included discusions about the recently completed Session, focusing on how it will affect you and your business. WPC’s president and research center directors gave reviews of their work during Session, including publications on the state budget, taxes, health care, transportation, the environment and ways to improve the business climate.