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, April, 2009
Each person’s analysis of the 2009-11 state budget offered by House and Senate Democrats will be influenced by his budget principles.
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