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.
February 07, 2014
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
Jay Inslee's letter to the Majority Coalition only increases fears he’s planning to impose carbon taxes by executive order.
December 18, 2013
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
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
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
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
August 30, 2013
Summer is coming to a close, and it's almost time for Washington's children to head back to school. But some parents and students are having a very difficult time making plans because teacher strikes may delay the start of a new school year.
July 26, 2013
Every long while, the federal lawmakers readjust the laws authorizing federal spending on education. No Child Left Behind was the last time. That is, until just recently. On July 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a proposal that restores a measure of state control.
July 15, 2013
It’s nice to say, as our State Constitution does, that “All political power is inherent in the people,” but it’s only true if the people take hold of it. That takes action, as well as knowledge. Here are some tools to get you started.
June 27, 2013
The House passed a transportation package that includes several new taxes to raise revenue for transportation projects. Take a look at the House voting "scoreboard" to find out how your representatives voted on the transportation package.