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.
Maurice McTigue, Vice President of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, November, 2008
A few years ago Washington State became an innovative leader in budgeting by doing what families do all the time but governments seldom do. Families first establish how much money is available then set the priorities. They spend on the highest priorities first and continue only up to where the available funds will allow. Well the last time Washington did that with determination and vigor was in the 2003-05 budget when it closed a potential deficit problem. It’s time to resurrect that budgeting strategy as the state faces a staggering budget deficit.
Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research, October, 2008
This November, Seattle voters are being asked to approve three new tax increases. Two are proposed by Seattle’s elected leaders, who are again urging voters to authorize an increase in the tax burden, over and above what citizens pay now, to pay for core public amenities.