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.


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.

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.