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, February, 2009
The largest and most difficult task facing lawmakers this legislative session is building the state’s 2009-11 operating budget. As of the November revenue forecast, revenues are projected to increase by five percent, $1.4 billion, in the next biennium, but the planned increases built into the existing budget result in a projected $5.7 billion shortfall.
During this lunch event each center's research director gave an overview of our latest research and analysis on the key issues facing legislators this Session.
Matthew Manweller, Adjunct Scholar, January, 2009
As the United States struggles through a recession, political leaders are hoping a "stimulus package" will save us. There is nothing wrong with the government trying to stabilize or even energize the economy. It is the reason we craft fiscal and monetary polices. The problem with most stimulus packages is that they usually don't work.