Featured Article

Rob McKenna

Legislature should have its own fiscal office

Pin It

The budget of any entity as large as Washington’s state government is necessarily complex. It often takes new legislators a while to grasp the scope of it – the agencies large and small, how the money flows in and out, and how the various pots of money are allowed to be spent. It’s complicated enough that only a handful of budget-focused legislators know state spending down to … [Read More]

Featured Article

Is Seattle too tolerant of crime?

Pin It

Maintaining public safety is one of local government’s core functions. When citizens feel public safety is eroding and government’s response is ineffective, the … [Read More]

Featured Article

McKenna on KIRO: The Seattle ‘Jungle’ murders

Pin It

Rob discussed the recent murders committed by three teenagers in Seattle's "Jungle" homeless encampment, and whether their mother will be charged, with KIRO 97.3 … [Read More...]

Guest Columnists

Drew Stokesbary

Let’s reform Washington’s most regressive tax

Pin It

Rob McKenna: In the 2012 campaign, I advocated for a revenue-neutral levy swap to help satisfy the McCleary decision. The idea of a levy swap was originally developed in the legislature by a House Democrat and a Senate Republican. Under a revenue-neutral levy swap, local property taxes would be lowered and state property taxes raised by an equal amount. This would allow the … [Read More]