Budget & Taxes Litigation

Budget & Taxes Litigation

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.

July 28, 2010
     

68 Washington public agencies and municipalities fail to report lobbying expenses

OLYMPIA—Today 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.
May 02, 2010
     

EFF sues to obtain public employee drug and alcohol test results

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 don’t.
April 20, 2010
     

Governor hides hundreds of documents, claiming 'executive privilege'

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.
April 16, 2010
     

Freedom Foundation sues to obtain ferry employee drug and alcohol test results

March 05, 2010
     

EFF urges Washington Supreme Court to review public records case

OLYMPIA—The Evergreen Freedom Foundation’s Constitutional Law Center is urging the Washington State Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeals ruling addressing the Public Records Act. The issue is whether public agencies are required to provide records in electronic format when a member of the public requests that records be sent electronically.
January 21, 2010
     

Governor hides hundreds of documents

Is Gov. 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.
January 20, 2010
     

Governor hides hundreds of documents, claiming 'executive privilege'

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.