February 19, 2014

Reforms aren't 'unrelated' to transportation package; they're essential to it

Dems spokesman laughably asks GOP leaders to hand WSDOT $12 billion now and discuss what's wrong with the agency later

February 12, 2014

Good Practice: Issaquah School District

Before going into negotiations with the union special interest group, the Issaquah School Board evaluated results of a Parent Teacher Student Association "Community Values Survey." Knowing the service levels desired by nearly 1,000 parents will help district leaders focus on community interests...Read more here

February 12, 2014

Inslee flouts the very laws he swore to uphold

The governor may personally oppose capital punishment, but that doesn't give him the right to disregard the will of the courts, the Legislature and the expressed will of the public.

February 11, 2014

With Great Union Power Comes No Responsibility

Unions representing public sector employees in Washington have no obligation to report how they spend funds forcibly collected from workers, even though private sector unions have had to file public financial reports for 55 years.

February 07, 2014

Are Unions Democratic? Not if You Want to Get Out

The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee hearing on SB6244 opened the window into what union democracy looks like in practice.

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.

February 07, 2014

By the Numbers: Union Decertifications in Washington

Using data obtained in a public records request, the Freedom Foundation compiled a database of all attempts by public sector employees to change or decertify unions from 2010-2013.

February 07, 2014

Time to shed a little light on Yakima city employee salaries

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

February 04, 2014

Continuing the Fight for Government Transparency

This morning a Senate Committee heard testimony on a proposed constitutional amendment that would overturn the Washington Supreme Court's reprehensible decision to give the governor's office a special "Get Out of Transparency Free" card. The Freedom Foundation's General Counsel, Dave Roland, has...Read more here

February 04, 2014

Making political change in your local government

Want to do something? Maybe even win a battle in the fight against tyranny? Here is one way citizens are making a big difference.