Last Week, Don Pierce, Legislative Director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, assured lawmakers there were no significant problems with electronic home monitoring programs in Washington state. He admitted to not reading a Freedom Foundation report detailing some of these...Read more here
Half the households in Yakima have an income below $40,516 per year, yet many city employees are paid more — much more — than the residents they serve. A total of 242 city employees in Yakima earned over $100,000 per year in wages and benefits. In fact, the average total compensation...Read more here
The City of Lacey, just north of Olympia, once seemed like an outpost of sanity. Now the City Council follows the dictates of the Thurston County Commissioners. Banning plastic bags is the priority of the day. Citizens are not allowed to vote.
Last Wednesday, the Washington State Senate held hearings on two eminent domain reform bills. The Freedom Foundation testified on the merits of both bills. Interestingly, one of the groups opposing eminent domain reform was SEIU.
Last Thursday, thanks largely to Senator Pam Roach (R-Auburn), the Washington State Senate provided an opportunity to discuss the Growth Management Act (GMA) in a public work session. The hearing room was packed-- standing room only. If you’re a citizen concerned about property rights, you...Read more here
It is time to end the silly wasteful drama of the Puget Sound Partnership. The Legislature needs to stop funding this embarrassment and scandal plagued agency. There are far more worthy recipients of tax dollars, and there can be no claim to fiscal responsibility in Olympia as long as this agency...Read more here