Washington Policy Center

Three Steps to Reducing Carbon Emissions Effectively

January 12, 2016

Paper argues politicians should adopt the principle of doing no harm, first and foremost when shaping climate policy.

Citizens’ Guide to Initiative 1401, trafficking of animal species threatened with extinction

October 22, 2015

Initiative 1401 would add state penalties for illegal trade in endangered animal parts, but supporters need to be careful they do not end up undermining effective market-based alternatives that lea

How Obamacare’s “Cadillac Tax” will Affect Local Governments, Public Employees and Local Taxpayers

Roger Stark
July 1, 2015

Local taxpayers could face a large tax increase when the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “Cadillac Tax” on health insurance plans begins in 2018.

Five myths of Cap-and-Trade

March 18, 2015

Articles supporting cap & trade rest on a number of fallacies. Cap & trade is designed to reduce the emissions of a pollutant, in this case carbon-dioxide, by raising the price of energy.

Nearly half of electric car tax breaks go to state’s wealthiest 10 percent

January 29, 2015

Myers shows that subsidies for green cars amount to welfare for the well-to-do. More than half the subsidies for green car purchases go to the wealthiest 10 percent of the population.

Nearly Half of Electric Car Tax Breaks Go to State’s Wealthiest 10 Percent

January 21, 2015

$15 million tax break does little to increase car sales, yields no environmental benefit

Key Findings
  1. Nearly half of sales tax breaks for electric v

Are EPA and The Army Corps Navigating New Waters With Their Controversial Proposal?

Sarah A. Slack, Catherine M. Basic
November 24, 2014

The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly published a proposed rule that would redefine “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act great

Weatherization Stimulus Programs Fail to Deliver Promised Jobs

October 2, 2014

As has been found across the United States, Washington State's weatherization program has failed to produce jobs.  It is boodoggle wasting taxpayers money.

Focus on Small Business: Job Creators and Job Killers

Erin Shannon
July 12, 2013

In this report on major bills from Washington's 2013 Legislative Session, the author finds the points below:

Reviewing the Research on Universal Preschool and All-Day Kindergarten

Liv Finne
November 1, 2007

Some political activists promoting universal preschool programs are attempting to convince legislators, business groups and taxpayers that putting every toddler in a tax-subsidized preschool progra

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