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 – Washington Policy Center had this to say about the Senate's 2009-11 Budget that was released today: The budget deficit lawmakers face is the result of past spending decisions, not because citizens pay too little in taxes. During the good times state government became badly overextended, increasing permanent spending by 34% in four years. Such a high rate of spending increase was simply unsustainable, even before the current economic recession.
Washington Policy Center held a private reception with WPC board members and other key supporters on Thursday, March 26th in Bellevue. WPC’s research center directors discussed the issues being debated in Olympia as we entered the homestretch of our state’s Legislative Session. Topics included the state budget shortfall, transportation, small business issues, education and the environment.
Watch the videos:
Introduction by WPC President Dann Mead Smith
Jason Mercier, Director, Center for Government Reform, March, 2009
As lawmakers pass the half-way point of the 2009 Session and begin passing important legislation, do you really know what they are doing on your behalf? Sure you can watch the floor debates and public portions of legislative hearings. You may even be able to read the text of an amended bill before it is voted on, if you pay close attention. But is this level of transparency sufficient to hold our elected officials accountable or should we have the same access to the activities of state legislators as we do local elected officials in our state?