Open Government

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.

What's New

Friday GMNW- 3/6 Eye on Olympia

March 6, 2015 in In the News
KVEW
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Friday, March 6, 2015

How to put the Public back in Public Hearings

March 6, 2015 in In the News
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Saturday Morning Live
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Paid leave would cost non-union employers over $1.5 billion annually

March 5, 2015 in Publications

Unions seek to exempt themselves from workplace mandates

Download a PDF of this Legislative Memo with citations here.

Key Findings 

"Choose Washington" - no capital gains taxes

March 3, 2015 in Blog

To help market the state of Washington to potential businesses the Department of Commerce runs a website called "Choose Washington." Under the tab "Why Washington" you can select "Our Strengths." Under that tab you will find a page called "Pro-Business."

Will the Senate vote to enforce its rules?

March 3, 2015 in Blog

On the first day of session the Senate, using the powers granted to it by Article 2, Section 9 of the state Constitution, adopted rules to govern its proceedings. Among the rules adopted was Rule 64 to require a supermajority vote to move a bill creating a new tax from second to third reading.

Should volatile capital gains taxes be relied on to fund the state's "paramount duty"?

February 26, 2015 in Blog

In our prior blog post we looked at the volatility of capital gains taxes and how California adopted a constitutional amendment to force more savings of its revenue from that source versus spending it to reduce the state's rollercoaster budgeting.