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Panorama GOP hosting transportation speaker on Thursday afternoon

October 7, 2013 in In the News
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Phillips and Desmond don’t like being reminded of Metro’s past promises

September 23, 2013 in Blog

King County Councilmember Larry Phillips and King County Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond claim that my independent analysis of Metro’s recent service cuts is “wrong,” and that I’m “rewriting history” and “playing loose with the facts,” but they fail to cite a single example of where I got the facts wrong.

The reason for their failure is simple. All Washington Policy Center (WPC) research is based on facts and documentation that comes from Metro itself.

Revenue forecast helps grow budget reserves

September 19, 2013 in Blog

While those following the state's monthly revenue receipts expected state revenue collections to continue to grow, the amount of yesterday's increase was a bit of a surprise.

According to the state's economist, Dr. Steve Lerch, revenues are now projected to grow by another $345 million for the current budget and $342 million for the 2015-17 budget:

Governor Inslee says tunnel project will resume

September 17, 2013 in Blog

On July 30th, the largest tunnel boring machine in the world began digging the tunnel that will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct underneath Seattle. Three weeks later the machine stopped. It wasn’t malfunctioning parts or bad planning that held up the project, it was unions fighting over four dirt-hauling jobs.

Estimated to progress at six feet per day, the machine has only traveled 24 feet, four days worth. It is expected to progress at about 35 feet per day once in good soil underneath downtown.

JLARC holds work session on the Columbia River Crossing forensic audit

September 12, 2013 in Blog

On September 18, 2013, Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) is holding a hearing regarding a forensic accounting audit on the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project. Washington Policy Center has been among the first of those calling for a fraud audit. A timeline of events leading up to the JLARC hearing follows:

Update: Majority Coalition Caucus expand listening tour

September 11, 2013 in Blog

A month ago, Senator King (R-Yakima) announced a listening tour at seven different locations in the state to talk about a potential transportation tax package. It has now increased to ten due to public demand. I am glad Senator King and others are involving the general public on any potential legislation involving a tax increase. The updated schedule is listed below:

September 17, 2013 - Stevenson Elementary - Bellevue, WA 6-9 p.m.

Governor kicks off "soft" launch of Results Washington effort

September 10, 2013 in Blog

Today Governor Inslee put his stamp on the state's long track record with performance management efforts with a "soft" launch of Results Washington. As noted by his press release:

Gov. Jay Inslee today formally launched Results Washington, which will provide faster and easier answers to those questions and access to an unprecedented array of performance data related to his top goals.

WSDOT to hold public meetings about tolling I-90

September 4, 2013 in Blog

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is planning to hold three public meetings in October to gather public comment on tolling I-90. Washington Policy Center finds many problems with tolling I-90, described in our Op-Ed in the Puget Sound Business Journal

Governor Inslee prepared to call for a special session in November

September 3, 2013 in Blog

Governor Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and King County Executive Dow Constantine held a news conference today discussing a possible transportation package this year. The governor said that he will call a special session in November to pass a transportation package if the votes are there.

When asked about the Columbia River Crossing project and its inclusion in a possible package, the governor stated that he is looking at alternative ways to finance the bridge. He also mentioned that the Columbia River Crossing project was not the reason the transportation package didn’t pass last session.