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.


Nearly half of electric car tax breaks go to state’s wealthiest 10 percent

January 20, 2015 in Publications

$15 million tax break does little to increase car sales, yields no environmental benefit

Inslee’s proposed budget far from sound, secure and stable

January 20, 2015 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was featured in The Tri-Cities Journal of Business on January 15, 2015.

In December, Gov. Inslee released his 2015-17 budget and tax plan.

After reviewing his balance sheet it has become clear that I need to update the dictionary I have been using to decipher budget terms.

Elect justices by district; give Eastern Washington a voice

December 15, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was featured in Tri-City Herald on December 14, 2014.

Now that the 2014 election is in the books, we know that only one of the nine justices on the state Supreme Court will be from Eastern Washington, Justice Debra Stephens. Had she not won her election, all of the state’s Supreme Court justices would be from the Puget Sound region.

Viewpoint: Fall 2014

November 26, 2014 in Publications

Click below to view our PDF version of our Fall 2014 issue of Viewpoint, WPC's quarterly magazine!

Local governments should use performance audits to improve budget accountability and performance

November 10, 2014 in Publications

Will public employee pension costs cause your property taxes to increase?

October 31, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was featured in The Voice of the Valley on October 31, 2014

The House Finance Committee held a work session yesterday focused on the fiscal health of Washington's cities and counties. Among the presentations lawmakers heard was a pitch from the Washington Association of Counties to provide local governments more flexibility on existing tax sources while providing new tax options.