Budget & Taxes
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.
Get all the latest news and unbiased information from this year's special session. Can our legislators figure out the budget deficit? Are we destined to return to this same problem every few months?
We are highlighting the facts about each 2011 ballot measure every day this week. Before you cast your vote, make sure you get the facts about I-1183.
It can be tricky to make the right decision when it comes to voting on an initiative. More often than not you don't have enough information to make a confident choice either way. But now you can get the unbiased facts about the 2011 Washington initiatives by reading our Initiative Guide!
Get all the latest budget news, analysis and happenings here. The development of this year's budget is bound to be a fight, and the Freedom Foundation stands squarely in the taxpayer's corner. We get dirty so you don't have to.
"Class warfare is a form of bigotry"
That's the first line in a Forbes article
by fellow free enterprise proponent, John Tillman. Tillman is the CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, which you may have heard of as they were in the center of the Chicago teacher's union strike.
Contrary to what politicians and road signs would have you believe, public-sector jobs simply confiscate investment capital that could be used to grow the economy and pay it out to a hand-picked contractor
The Americans for Tax Reform Foundation (ATR) announced today that 2012’s national Cost of Government Day will fall this Sunday on July 15th. This means that the average worker has to work 197 days of the year to pay for their share of the spending and regulatory burdens imposed by local, state, and national government.
Washingtons budget is safe for now; the state should be in the black this year and legislators should avoid a special session until at least September. Still, the states miniscule ending fund balance and large downside risks make further budget woes likely.
OLYMPIAToday the Evergreen Freedom Foundation filed complaints with the Public Disclosure Commission against 68 public entities for either improperly reporting lobbying expenses or failing to report them altogether, based on discrepancies between expenditure reports filed by lobbyists and those filed by public agencies. Most of the agencies are cities, counties, ports and utility districts.
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation is suing the Washington State Department of Transportation over its refusal to release the drug and alcohol testing results of the crew of the M/V Wenatchee after the ferrys hard landing at Coleman Dock on August 30, 2009.
The Foundation requested investigative records related to the incident. The Department of Transportation provided numerous records, but redacted information related to the individual results of testing that occurred. The official investigative report states that alcohol or drugs were not a factor in this incident.
Do you think members of the public have a right to know if public employees piloting state ferries are under the influence of drugs or alcohol? We do.
Do you think the Department of Transportation (DOT) should use a federal administrative rule to avoid our state public records law? We dont.
Is Governor Chris Gregoire constitutionally entitled to keep secrets from you? She thinks so. The state Public Records Act mandates that all public records held by government agencies are to be available to the public, unless the record is specifically exempted from disclosure by law.
Mike Reitz defends the inflammatory accusations presented by Sen. Kline on local NPR station KUOW.
The video is online, but if you prefer audio podcasts, here is part 2 of 2 from the Freedom Foundation's Obamacare Event
The Obamacare event video
is online, but for those like me who prefer just the audio, we're providing the event audio also. Here is part 1 of the event.
The last show in the original format offers an inside look at The Heritage Foundation's Resource Bank
conference in Colorado Springs and some reflections on the world-wide movement for individual liberty and free markets, as well as the blessings of political stability that we enjoy in our country. Plus, what do law students think about the Electoral College
, and about the Constitution in general? And if you want to know more about the Constitution, you can find it at WeThePeopleHQ.org
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May 21, 2013
Rep. Liz Pike introduced House Bill 2063, which establishes a scholarship tax credit that will make it possible for families to consider a wider range of educational options for their children.
May 09, 2013
As reported by the Spokesman Review, Jay Inslee signed into law Wednesday a bill to make government officials personally liable for fines.