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 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

A success story from Lincoln County

In 2016, Lincoln County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to require transparency for all the county’s collective bargaining talks. According to the resolution:... — Updated 6/2/2022

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Capital gains supporters set up surveillance

Proponents of the unconstitutional capital gains income tax are working overtime to prevent voters from weighing in. First, there was the game last year with the emergency clause... — Updated 5/12/2022

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Legal challenge filed for proposed ballot measure

As expected, the I-1929 (capital gains tax repeal) campaign officially filed a legal challenge to the attorney general’s ballot title and summary for the proposed ballot measure.... — Updated 4/14/2022

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Year 3 starts under gubernatorial edict

Sorry to break the news, Washingtonians, but Year 3 of living under emergency orders by the governor will continue without meaningful legislative oversight. The House officially... — Updated 3/31/2022

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Lawmakers kill emergency powers reform

Sorry to break the news, Washingtonians, but year three of living under emergency orders by the governor will continue just as the last two years have – without meaningful... — Updated 3/17/2022

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Emergency powers reform testimony

In an emergency, governors need broad powers to act fast. Legislative bodies inevitably take longer to assemble and act than a single executive, so they temporarily delegate their... — Updated 2/3/2022

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

State Supreme Court rules Governor issued illegal vetoes

In a 7-2 ruling this morning, the State Supreme Court said the partial vetoes the Governor made in the 2019 transportation budget were unconstitutional. When issuing those vetoes... — Updated 11/17/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Which city will be next?

The Battle Ground City Council this week unanimously adopted Resolution No. 21-07 opposing a local income tax. That brings the number of cities officially going on record against a... — Updated 7/29/2021

 

Thank goodness for access to remote testimony during legislative session

Washington Policy Center and the League of Women Voters of Washington want to thank the Washington State House and Senate’s bipartisan leadership for the remote testimony processes they established in the challenging legislative... — Updated 6/24/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Inslee issues questionable line-item vetoes, again

We knew it was coming. The moment lawmakers tried to get clever and thought they could gain support for a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (House Bill 1091) and Cap and Trade (Senate Bill 5... — Updated 5/26/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Governor issues questionable line-item vetoes, again

We knew it was coming. The moment lawmakers tried to get clever and thought they could gain support for a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (House Bill 1091) and Cap and Trade (Senate Bill 5... — Updated 5/20/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Lawmakers wanted an income tax lawsuit – they'll get two

Public records show lawmakers plan to use the capital gains income tax to set up a lawsuit to try to impose a broad-based graduated income tax. They’re going to get not one, but... — Updated 5/6/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Still time for lawmakers to act on emergency powers reform

We are now more than halfway thru the 2021 Legislative Session and have passed the important House of Origin cutoff. This is technically when bills start to die. Among the bills... — Updated 3/18/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Restoring trust in state government in 2021

It has been 286 days since Governor Inslee first declared a statewide emergency relating to COVID-19. Since that time, the Governor has continued to extend emergency declarations... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Inslee's proposal is an income tax

Despite the budget being balanced, billions in reserve, and projected revenue growth of 7.2%, Gov. Jay Inslee is yet again proposing an income tax on capital gains in his new... — Updated 12/31/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Could Zoom mean a Legislature that listens

There’s no other way to say it, 2020, has been just an awful year. It is difficult to believe anything good can come from this mess but I’m really excited to see that one silver... — Updated 12/4/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Robust remote testimony to look forward to in 2021

There’s no other way to say, 2020 has been just an awful year. It is difficult to believe anything good can come from this mess but I’m really excited to see that one silver... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

No good reason why a government shutdown should occur, even in a deficit

DURING the last two state budget cycles, Washington lawmakers have come dangerously close to forcing a government shutdown due to failures in the budget process. The current... — Updated 10/30/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

National vote-by-mail standards needed to avoid election confusion

I’ve lived in two exclusive vote-by-mail states during my time as an eligible voter. My first ballot ever cast was via the mailbox in Oregon. There the ballots are due in the hand... — Updated 10/22/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Budget outlook takes another hit with Boeing's 787 announcement

It is official. Boeing will consolidate its 787 manufacturing in South Carolina. This news has many implications for the state including a direct impact on the state’s budget... — Updated 10/8/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

State revenues continue to grow overall

First the good news. Unlike during the great recession, state revenue is still increasing overall during the COVID pandemic. According to the September revenue forecast:... — Updated 10/5/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

More calls for a special session

Voices across the state continue to ask the Governor to call a special session to allow lawmakers to balance the budget and address COVID-19 related policies. A special session... — Updated 9/15/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Support a legislative special session?

California lawmakers addressed their COVID budget situation back in June. Oregon lawmakers are meeting this week in a special session to do the same. According to the National... — Updated 8/18/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Washington has too many statewide elected officials

Hopefully you’ve already voted or are soon heading to ballot drop box. Now let’s work to reduce the number of statewide elected offices. At present the people of Washington... — Updated 8/12/2020

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Governor's power subject to check?

Gov. Jay Inslee continues to extended the state of emergency related to the COVID pandemic and is re-issuing his prior coronavirus emergency orders. I initially believed that under... — Updated 7/20/2020

 

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