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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.

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Initiative Measure No. 1366

August 3, 2015 in In the News
Snohomish Times
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Is Initiative 1366 a constitutional amendment?

July 31, 2015 in Blog

Initiative 1366, the "Taxpayer Protection Act," has qualified for the November ballot. Here is the official ballot title and summary for I-1366: 

State budget deal meltdown shows need for reforms

July 20, 2015 in Publications

Download a PDF of this Opinion/editorial here. 

Believe it or not, Washington has one of the strongest balanced budget requirements in the country. Under that 2012 law (strongly supported by Washington Policy Center), “The legislature must adopt a four-year balanced budget ...”

Friday GMNW- 7/17 Eye on Olympia

July 20, 2015 in In the News
Friday, July 17, 2015

2015-17 tax debate: From "buck up" for $1.4 billion to $180 million adopted net revenue increase

July 14, 2015 in Blog

Although Governor Inslee campaigned on the promise in 2012 to not propose new taxes, the 2015 session started and ended in perfect symmetry with him calling for tax increases. The size of those desired tax increases, however, changed significantly from December 2014 to when the 2015-17 budget was finally signed in July. Let's review how the tax debate unfolded.

Evolution of 2015-17 budget proposals

July 13, 2015 in Blog

After a record 176 days the Legislature was finally able to adopt all the pieces necessary to put in place a balanced 2015-17 operating budget. The focus of this post is not to review the process used to enact the budget or policies funded in it but instead to provide a timeline of where the tax and spending debate began last December with Governor Inslee’s budget proposal to where it ended with adoption of the final 2015-17 budget.