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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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Friday GMNW- 2/20 Eye on Olympia

February 25, 2015 in In the News
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Washington governors show pattern of breaking no-tax promises

February 25, 2015 in Publications

A 20-year review finds that each of the last four governors sought to raise taxes

Download a PDF of this Legislative Memo with citations here.

Are capital gains taxes "secure and stable" or highly volatile?

February 25, 2015 in Blog

When releasing his 2015-17 budget plan Governor Inslee said, “We have a very solid, fiscally sound, secure and stable way of financing everything I’ve talked about today." Among the new taxes he proposes to fulfill this statement is a 7% capital gains tax to generate an estimated $798 million.

In Washington state, almost one-fourth of wireless phone bills go to taxes

February 23, 2015 in Publications

report by the Tax Foundation ranks Washington as the state with the highest wireless taxes in the nation.  In previous years Washington held steady at the second highest.  Clearly we are moving in the wrong direction.

What’s Alive and What’s Dead: 2015 Edition

February 23, 2015 in In the News
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Monday, February 23, 2015

GMNW- 2/20 Eye on Olympia

February 20, 2015 in In the News
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Friday, February 20, 2015

B&O tax reform bill would exempt nearly 286,000 small businesses from tax

February 18, 2015 in Blog

A major B&O (Business & Occupation) tax reform proposal was introduced today by Rep. MacEwen. The proposal (HB 2150) is a variation of the Single Business Tax WPC first proposed in 2010.