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

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.

Public employee pension vs property taxes

October 31, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was featured in The Snohomish Times 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.

How Obamacare’s “Cadillac Tax” will affect local governments, public employees and local taxpayers

July 18, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

Court ruling may strike down Washington state law

July 8, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was featured in The Olympian on July 8, 2014. 


Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a case from Illinois could have a major affect in Washington state. In its June 30th ruling in Harris v. Quinn the Court did not rule on whether regular government workers must join a union, as some had expected, but the decision does call into question the forced unionization of some Washington residents.