Budget & Taxes Publications
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 05, 2012
This proposal essentially lures money from private-sector workers and companies into the bankrupt state pension systems. Our state and local government pension systems are already heading toward bankruptcy.
November 18, 2011
A fascinating exchange during a recent select committee hearing in Olympia offers an insight into how things get done -- or not -- in the Legislature
November 16, 2011
Unless revenue projections for the next biennium fall below $28.2 billion, we'll still wind up collecting more revenue than the state ever has. How is that a shortfall?
October 31, 2011
The numbers prove what your gut should tell you -- when you increase the cost of hiring workers, fewer workers are going to be hired.
October 19, 2011
If you're going to compare one the other, it might help if you applied the same accounting procedures to both
March 01, 2011
There is no way to sugarcoat this: This is the worst biennial budget we have ever seen. The state continues to spend too much, tax too much and go into too much debt. Gov. Christine Gregoire has repeatedly delayed meaningful action to solve the 2009-11 budget deficit. Her failure jeopardizes the state's credit rating.
February 18, 2011
Gov. Gregoire and Democrat leaders have crafted a financially irresponsible budget. They are postponing necessary spending reductions, perhaps hoping for a miracle of sorts. But in political eschatology, its the day of reckoning.
February 01, 2011
The Freedom Foundation presents its Top 10 Ideas to Cut Waste, Balance the Budget and Stimulate the Economy Without Raising Taxes
January 27, 2011
Which legislators want to spend more of your money? Check out our list of those who are proposing new or increased taxes and fees and see exactly how much more they are willing to take from your wallet over the next ten years. Sheesh. Do you think they're living in the same economic reality we are?
This year we have broken the Big Spender list into individual tax and fee lists, rather than combining them. We hope this added layer of information is helpful for citizens.
December 12, 2010
Yesterday, Bob Williams and I sent an open letter to Governor Gregoire calling on her to stand up and be the courageous governor that Washington needs.
We offered some specific steps that need to be taken to start repairing our states broken budget. You can read the full letter for more details. Here is a summary of our suggestions and comments.
November 15, 2010
Washington State voters overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have imposed the states first income tax, one limited to wealthy residents.
Initiative 1098 would have levied a 5 percent tax on individuals earning more than $200,000 a year or households earning more than $400,000, while cutting some property and business taxes. The rate would have been 9 percent on individual incomes greater than $500,000 and household incomes greater than $1 million.
October 25, 2010
OLYMPIAA Thurston County Superior Court judge has declined to invalidate Gov. Chris Gregoires executive order on climate change. Today Judge Paula Casey signed a written order memorializing her October 8 ruling in this case.
October 22, 2010
When it comes to state budgeting, it appears that many of our nation's governors are studying at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It's only too bad that their role models are those who focus on the dark arts of deception and deficits. The fiscal trickery of governors across the nation is leading us to a budget disaster independent of the budget problems of Washington that get all the attention.
October 19, 2010
Time was when Charlie Crist was a model of fiscally responsible government. And sadly, gone are the days when Charlie Crist put the people of Florida ahead of special interests.
September 13, 2010
For many years, public higher education institutions have been open to run their educational and business operations with very little, if any, oversight from the public or those within the state who control their funding. The general public has very little knowledge of the fiscal or classical education programs of these institutions.
August 30, 2010
Olympia After Sunday, August 29, citizens can start working for themselves. The typical Washingtonian toils for 241 daysmore than two-thirds of the yearto pay for all expenses of government at all levels, including regulatory burdens.
August 26, 2010
Olympia Economists at the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University found the state income tax that is proposed in Initiative 1098 would lengthen and deepen the current economic downturn by destroying private sector jobs, reducing residents disposable income and prolonging the states high unemployment rate.
July 28, 2010
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.
July 21, 2010
THE Office of Financial Management (OFM) is currently negotiating 23 agreements for state employees. Considering the governor's budget office forecasts multibillion-dollar deficits for the next eight years, now is the time for the governor and legislative leaders to demand major labor concessions.
June 18, 2010
Oregon voters in January approved significant personal and corporate income tax hikes. The predicted increases in revenue have failed to materialize, however, and now the state is bracing for extensive budget cuts.
Oregons June revenue forecast predicted tax collections through July 2011 will come in $577 million shy of the budgeted amount. Nearly all of the decrease is due to lower-than-expected personal income tax collections.