Lincoln County receives open government award for union contract transparency
The Washington Coalition for Open Government is presenting Lincoln County Commissioners a "Key Award" for their resolution requiring the county's collective bargaining agreements to be decided in open meetings. Key Awards are bestowed by the coalition "to individuals and organizations for actions that advance the cause of open government." I nominated Lincoln County for the open government award for becoming the first government entity in the state to open the doors to these previously secret union contract talks.Read the entire blog
More farm regulation is not always the solution
Continuing the election foray, Tuesday night’s gubernatorial debate jumped into a “hot” agriculture topic – Yakima Valley water quality. Such a topic merits its own research study but the debate briefly illustrated the problem for agriculture and all of Washington – regulatory overreach with disregard to actual sound science.Read the entire blog
Sound Transit Accuses Washington Policy Center of Actually Believing ST3’s Own Numbers
This week on KUOW, the Sound Transit campaign offered their definition of a “conservative”: people who actually look at the numbers.
On Tuesday, Shefali Ranganathan, the Executive Director of the Sound Transit campaign to spend $54 billion on light rail and transit, known as ST3, was on KUOW to discuss the proposal. Host Bill Radke asked about claims by the ST3 campaign and environmental groups like Climate Solutions that it would reduce carbon emissions.
As we noted, using Sound Transit’s own data, the value of the carbon reduction is 11 cents for every $100 of taxpayer money spent on ST3. Former County Councilmember Maggie Fimia cited our research, noting that ST3 is a terrible way to reduce carbon emissions.
How did Ranganathan respond to the data?Read the entire blog