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.
Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research, and Betsy Hansen, Research Assistant, January, 2010
Washington lawmakers are again facing a multi-billion dollar deficit, due to their decision to sharply increase spending in recent years and slower revenues resulting from a weakened economy.
Brandon Houskeeper, Policy Analyst, January, 2010
Policymakers should remove regulatory barriers that increase the cost of building a home and drive up the cost of living in our state.
In answer to a question about the high cost of living in Washington, Governor Christine Gregoire told a TVW interviewer that “the cost of building a home is not determined by the state.” The Governor was responding to an aerospace industry study that shows Washington is at a severe competitive disadvantage compared to other states because of our higher cost of living.