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 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.
Seattle – This morning Washington Governor Christine Gregoire will release her supplemental budget proposal for the upcoming legislative session. That budget will most likely propose tax increases to close a $2.6 billion deficit for the 2009-11 biennium. This deficit, and the measures policymakers will consider to close it, have statewide implications.