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.

Publications

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 ...”

King County Executive seeks property tax increase to create new social program

July 10, 2015 in Publications

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Key Findings

  1. The King County Executive wants to raise the property tax by $392 million over six years to create a new county social program.

  2. The owner of a median-priced home would pay about $420 in the first six years.

The 1 percent property tax law – tax limitation that works for the people of Washington

May 13, 2015 in Publications
Key Findings 
  1. Fourteen years of experience under Washington’s once-controversial 1 percent property tax law shows it is working for the people of Washington; the budget disasters once predicted by opponents have not come true.
  2. Total revenue for state and local government has increased, while the 1 percent limit provides financi