Being Smart with Taxpayer Dollars

Too often programs are funded and refunded without any evaluation of whether they are meeting their original objectives.


Bill Bryant started his company in his basement with a card table and a fax machine. Today, that company has 35 employees, operates on both sides of the Cascades and nation-wide, and has projects in 20-40 countries. His experiences building a company taught him the importance of living within a budget.

Bill was elected to the King County / Seattle port commission in 2007 to help the port become more fiscally responsible.

When Bill was first elected, the port’s tax rate was almost at its maximum legal amount. Every year since Bill’s election, he successfully worked to cut property taxes or hold them flat, even while expanding services.

Washington State needs a good shot of fiscal responsibility. Washington develops budgets based on the previous years’ budgets, rather than identifying each agency’s critical missions and key priorities, and funding those first. Too often programs are funded and refunded without any evaluation of whether they are meeting their original objectives. When “wants” exceed revenue, new taxes are proposed rather than that first triggering a reassessment of priorities.

Bill believes we need to take a pressure hose to Olympia. As governor, he wants to:

  • Establish a moratorium on new regulations until the effectiveness of existing regulations can be evaluated.
  • Launch a four year zero base budgeting exercise that will refocus the budget on our state’s key obligations and priorities.