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Transportation Research: Investments Will Drive Economic Growth

October 21st, 2014

We asked The Boston Consulting Group to assess the economic impact of the components of transportation proposals that received the broadest support from policymakers in Washington state during the past two legislative sessions. Their analysis assesses the impact of investment in preservation and maintenance as well as six major improvement projects in key economic corridors over 12 years.  And it paints a very… Read more

Benchmarking Washington

October 17th, 2014

The Everett Herald this week took a look at our recently updated Benchmarks for a Better Washington, concluding that the annual assessment of Washington should provide lawmakers with even greater motivation to focus in on two critical areas next year: education and transportation.  Here’s a snippet from the Sunday editorial: The Legislature must find an estimated $2 billion, presumably a mixture of savings… Read more

Updated “Benchmarks for a Better Washington” mark state’s progress against key 50-state metrics

October 1st, 2014

The Washington Roundtable today released updated “Benchmarks for a Better Washington,” an evaluation of the state’s economic vitality measured against 13 key indicators.   “Our goal is to make Washington a top 10 state for quality of life and innovation – education, transportation and job creation – and ensure it is not among the most expensive states in which to do business.  Washington… Read more

Breaking down the state budget challenge

September 24th, 2014

The Washington Research Council continues to breakdown how the state budget picture is shaping up ahead of the 2015 legislative session.  Everyone knows that the legislature’s efforts to address the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision regarding education funding will take center stage through the 2015 session.  (The Court’s decision to hold the legislature in contempt for lack of adequate action should have dispelled any… Read more

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