Washington Policy Center (WPC) is an independent, non-profit, think tank that promotes sound public policy based on free-market solutions.
WPC improves lives of Washington state's citizens by providing accurate, high-quality research for policymakers, the media and the general public. Headquartered in Seattle with satellite offices and full-time staff in Olympia and Eastern Washington, WPC publishes studies, sponsors events and conferences and educates citizens on the vital public policy issues facing our region. WPC has an annual budget of $2 million and a full-time staff of 16. Broadcast, print, and online media throughout Washington and across the nation cover WPC's work regularly and seek out its policy experts for analysis and commentary. In addition, lawmakers routinely invite WPC to testify before legislative committees.
Through its research centers, Washington Policy Center focuses on seven core areas of public policy:
- The Environment
- Government Reform (budget & taxes, open government)
- Health Care
- Small Business
In addition, WPC operates WashingtonVotes.org, the premier website for tracking bills in Olympia, finding objective, plain-English summaries of legislation, and offering quick access to your legislators' voting records.
At WPC we believe ideas, supported by sound research and promoted through publications, conferences and the media, over time, create an environment in which policymakers and citizens make sound public policy decisions.
In 2013, WPC launched our inaugural issue of Viewpoint, a quarterly magazine which highlights the the work of our research centers as well as the WPC's impact all across Washington state. Click below to view our inaugural issue online.
Be sure to watch the new 20th Anniversary Washington Policy Center Impact video that was premiered at both Dinner events this fall. Learn about WPC’s impact on public policy over the last 20 years and their plans for the future in this short video.