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, September, 2008
State finances are in shambles. Olympia leaders have racked up a $3.2 billion deficit and unlike Wall Street, Congress is not going to bail them out. How did we get in this mess? It is not for lack of money. Tax revenues have increased every year, and today the people of Washington send more money to Olympia than ever before.
Jason Mercier, Director, Center for Government Reform, September, 2008
Washington’s voters have consistently voiced a desire to restrict the ability of government officials to unduly raise their tax burden. Initiative 601, passed by voters in 1993, required not only a strict spending limit, a two-thirds vote of the legislature to raise taxes, but also voter approval of any tax increase in excess of the state spending limit.