Budget & Taxes Projects
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.
December 02, 2011
Get all the latest news and unbiased information from this year's special session. Can our legislators figure out the budget deficit? Are we destined to return to this same problem every few months?
October 19, 2011
We are highlighting the facts about each 2011 ballot measure every day this week. Before you cast your vote, make sure you get the facts about I-1183.
July 11, 2011
It can be tricky to make the right decision when it comes to voting on an initiative. More often than not you don't have enough information to make a confident choice either way. But now you can get the unbiased facts about the 2011 Washington initiatives by reading our Initiative Guide!
February 04, 2011
Get all the latest budget news, analysis and happenings here. The development of this year's budget is bound to be a fight, and the Freedom Foundation stands squarely in the taxpayer's corner. We get dirty so you don't have to.
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 28, 2011
For each day of the 2011 legislative session, we will be introducing one idea to help lawmakers balance the budget, cut government waste and stimulate the economy. You can read more by clicking on the link after each day’s recommendation. Contact Amber Gunn or Eric Lohnes with questions.
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.
October 01, 2010
Founder, Bob William's blog that covers each state's budget shortfall.
June 01, 2010
Do your lawmakers represent your best interests?
Do you feel confident that you know how your legislators voted on key issues in the 2010 Legislative Session?
July 14, 2009
Why do we always hear WSF tell taxpayers and fare-paying passengers that they need more money, but we never hear them tell us what theyre doing to cut costs and improve service for ferry riders?
January 28, 2005
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation's Washington State Budget Spend-O-Meter project reflects the budgeted general fund spending of the Washington state government for the current biennium (July 1, 2005-June 30, 2007), based on a budget of $25.95 billion, or $411 per second, as accepted by Washington state legislature during the 59th legislative session and enacted by Gov. Christine Gregoire. The Spend-O-Meter calculates the amount spent since 12:00am on July 1, 2005.