Budget & Taxes Blog Posts

Budget & Taxes Blog Posts

A budget is where priorities meet realities. At least that's how it should work.

The problem with government is that it gets to write the rules--about tax rates, fees, and even what counts as a balanced budget. That makes it easy for politicians to pretend everything is a priority and every moment a crisis demanding greater sacrifice from taxpayers.

The Freedom Foundation is a tireless voice for priority-based budgeting in state and local government. We work with responsible policymakers to craft sound, balanced budgets. We expose irresponsibility and gimmicks. We helped launch performance audits in Washington State as well as the model for health savings accounts eventually adopted into federal law.

We work with elected officials and citizens to make government budget writing transparent and to focus it on real priorities, cutting spending on programs that are unnecessary, counterproductive or unconstitutional.

The principles are pretty simple: taxes should be as low, simple, and fair as possible and budgets should be balanced.

April 11, 2014

5 Facts about Education Funding

Here are five key education funding facts to put you in the know about the state's most expensive program.

March 19, 2014

With Oregon’s inaction, CRC boondoggle dead — for now

It isn’t very often in politics you wind up with an unquestionably positive outcome, but this comes pretty close.

March 14, 2014

Union Kills Accountability

Government unions' push job security for public employees. The WEA's defeat of a small measure of accountability is a clear, costly example.

March 11, 2014

Unions Seek Service Cuts for Raises

House Bill 1348 shows how unions work against those who receive services from public agencies and leave taxpayers paying more for less.

February 07, 2014

Bad Contract: Mukilteo School District

The Mukilteo School Board spends half the levy on enhancements to employee wages, almost entirely for no additional services to students. Upcoming union contract-required raises could explain the higher levy request.

January 21, 2014

Another face palm moment for the governor

Jay Inslee's letter to the Majority Coalition only increases fears he’s planning to impose carbon taxes by executive order.

December 18, 2013

In the News: Inslee budget postpones tax, spending hikes until next year

The holidays are an expensive season, leaving many wishing they had just a few more dollars to spare. This year, Gov. Inslee is helping taxpayers out by postponing tax and spending hikes. Enjoy it because next year will be a different story. 

November 06, 2013

Inslee promises to lower Boeing’s taxes if the company helps him raise yours

Governor says unless lawmakers pass his transportation package — plus a few other goodies — in a week, the aerospace giant could locate its 777X plant in another state.

October 02, 2013

Rep. Liz Pike (R-Camas) calls for protest against tyranny

State Representative Liz Pike (R-Camas) is leading the charge for a coalition of legislators and angry citizens who oppose the Columbia River Crossing project.

September 13, 2013

Three Ways to Fix Washington’s Transportation Problems

Senate Transportation Committee co-chairs Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima) and Sen. Tracey Eide (D-Federal Way) recently announced a recently announced a statewide “listening tour” on the proposed gas tax package. For citizens who would like to see government using taxpayer dollars more...Read more here