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.


Proposed state capital gains tax is likely unconstitutional and would not provide a stable source of state revenue

March 18, 2015 in Publications

Lawmakers are currently hard at work trying to come to agreement on the 2015-17 budget. According to the state’s February revenue forecast, they will have around $37.1 billion to spend. This is a $3 billion increase in revenue from the current budget. Governor Inslee’s budget proposal, however, would spend just under $39 billion.

Overview of Spokane’s electric trolley proposal

March 10, 2015 in Publications

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 

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.

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.