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.
Seattle - Today's state Supreme Court ruling is bad news for Washington homeowners. With one stroke, five judges overturned the clear will of the voters and granted elected officials a 600% increase in taxing authority, now allowing 6% yearly tax hikes instead of I-747's 1% limit.
Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research, November, 2007
As legislators meet in special session to debate whether to limit the yearly rise in the property tax burden the state and local governments place on citizens, Governor Christine Gregoire has announced a second measure intended to bring partial property tax relief to some Washington families.
Jason Mercier, Director, Center for Government Reform, October, 2007
Everyone has heard of Rep. Don Young’s (R-Alaska) infamous bridge to nowhere— the congressional earmark that secured $231 million to build a bridge to an island inhabited by roughly 50 people.