state government

New report says Washington leads the nation in evidence-based policymaking

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a joint effort of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, recently named Washington state a leader in evidence-based policymaking.

Common Ground podcast: David Postman, Gov. Inslee's Chief of Staff

Our last podcast of the year is in a pub, with special guest David Postman, Gov. Jay Inslee's chief of staff. We sit down over beers (and a Coke for Postman, who's on cold meds) at the delightful Hopvine Pub in Seattle to chat about Postman's career in journalism and now government, as well as what's in store for the upcoming legislative session.

Policy Today podcast: How is the Growth Management Act working?

In this episode we discuss our new Special Report on the Growth Management Act (GMA), Washington state's comprehensive land-use law, which was fully enacted 25 years ago. Our report covers the GMA's history and chief components, focuses specifically on how the GMA has worked in two counties, Snohomish and Spokane, and offers recommendations for improving the act.

New Special Report: The Growth Management Act at 25 Years

Today we're releasing our Special Report on the Growth Management Act (GMA), Washington's comprehensive land-use law, which was fully enacted 25 years ago.

Our report covers the GMA's history and chief components, focuses specifically on how the GMA has worked in two counties, Snohomish and Spokane, and offers recommendations for improving the act.

Policy Today, Common Ground edition: Rep. Norma Smith on reforming state regulations

Today we're joined by 10th District state Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, who along with the State Auditor's Office has spearheaded a number of successful bills to make state agencies more efficient and customer-friendly in the way they regulate and issue permits to business owners and startups.

Rep. Norma Smith, R-10Rep. Smith hopes to reach a point where Washington can have a one-stop portal for people to get information on all the permits they need to open, expand, or continue their business. First, however, there have been and continue to be preliminary steps needed to make state government more customer-friendly. One of her bills, for example, dealt with online availability of license and permit applications. Notes Rep. Smith:

"Even though we had an entire agency dedicated to helping [business owners] know what licenses were out there, we found out only 16 percent of Washington state's licenses were on the BLS [Business Licensing Service] website, and only two of the most 10 requested. So we had to run a bill that told the agencies to do that."

Policy Today: State agencies need to work on regulatory reform

In this week's Policy Today podcast we delve into regulatory reform, which is the topic of our most recent Special Report. The state auditor's office has done a series of audits of state agencies and found much room for improvement. To listen to past podcasts, click here.