Budget & Taxes News

Budget & Taxes News

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.

Empty Thurston County jail costing millions
Kiro 7  |  December 31, 2013
Right-wing think tanks plotting Eymanesque campaign against our cities and counties
Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate  |  December 11, 2013
Records detail controversial C-Tran-TriMet deal
The Columbian  |  November 26, 2013
"Local Brew" with The Freedom Foundation's, Glenn Morgan
770 KTTH The Truth with David Boze  |  October 11, 2013
"Local Brew" with the Freedom Foundations Glen Morgan on Local cases of "Big Gov" run amok
770 KTTH "The Truth" - David Boze  |  October 04, 2013
3 ways to fix Washington’s transportation problems
Watchdog.org  |  September 17, 2013
God and the Minimum Wage
The American Spectator  |  September 16, 2013
Reports cast doubt on effectiveness of Seattle’s sick leave law
Crosscut.com  |  August 16, 2013
Should SeaTac businesses support higher minimum wage?
Watchdog.org  |  August 13, 2013
Former state auditor joins Freedom Foundation
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal  |  July 29, 2013
Crowd overflows chambers as SeaTac lawmakers place minimum wage measure on ballot
Highline Times  |  July 26, 2013
SeaTac’s idea for a $15-minimum wage doesn’t fly, critics say
Watchdog.org  |  July 26, 2013
Former Democratic State Auditor Brian Sonntag joins conservative think tank
The Seattle Times  |  July 26, 2013
Could the City of SeaTac become a labor union?
SeaTac Blog  |  July 26, 2013
Judge denies injunction to stop SeaTac initiative from being put on Nov. ballot
The Highline Times  |  July 22, 2013
Must the Kent School Board disrupt the student schedule
Kent Reporter  |  June 12, 2013
Dems’ temporary advantage in Senate has GOP scrambling
Edmonds Beacon  |  May 31, 2013
Lists and Loopholes--either way, you pay
Watchdog.org  |  May 30, 2013
Lt. Gov. believes Dems should stop voting by proxy for ailing GOP senator
San Juan Islander  |  May 29, 2013
How to replace WA’s Skagit Bridge
Watchdog.org  |  May 28, 2013