Let’s stop electing the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Truly accountable government requires a few elements. To be legitimate, it must be democratically elected by the people it represents It must be accessible to citizens and transparent It needs to be consistent and fair, treating citizens equally and without corruption Constitutional boundaries and limits must be respected, and those boundaries enforced Officials’ duties and […]

How to up your power bill for little in return

Smarter Government Washington’s purpose is to highlight and promote smarter public policy ideas for Washington. We’ve made it pretty clear we don’t believe I-937, the state’s renewable energy law, qualifies as smarter policy – for the economy or the environment. I-937 drove investment primarily in wind power to meet the initiative’s mandates for renewable energy […]

McCleary hearing: Court ponders its limits and some radical remedies

The state Supreme Court ruled in 2012’s McCleary case that the state is shirking its constitutional duty to adequately fund K-12 schools. Since then, the court has expressed its displeasure at the Legislature’s progress in correcting the problem by the court’s imposed 2018 deadline. Now the question is, what is the court going to do […]

Let the Legislature do its job

Usually, disputes like our state’s intra-governmental tussle over education funding in the McCleary case fit neatly into a policy dispute storyline. This case is different, though. The court and the Legislature do not disagree over the facts of the case – that K-12 schools are inadequately funded by the state – nor do they disagree […]