Amber Gunn is the Freedom Foundation’s Economic Policy Fellow and former Director of Economic Policy. She has served as a voting member on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force and been a resource to media outlets and legislative staff for issue briefs and policy analysis.
Prior to joining the Freedom Foundation, Amber was a Charles G. Koch Fellow in partnership with the State Policy Network and the Institute for Humane Studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Washington.
With Puget Sound residents poised to vote in the coming weeks on a massive $54 billion expansion plan by Sound Transit, it’s worth considering whether the agency is worth trusting with that kind of an investment.
Five years ago, Washington voters were asked to consider a state income tax
Over the years, Washington legislators have skipped required pension payments, adopted unrealistic rates of return, invested large amounts in risky private equity and enacted foolish policies like gainsharing and other costly benefit increases.
When Gov. Inslee rolled out his $39 billion budget in December, it was accompanied by charts showing state tax collections had shrunk over the past two decades when measured against personal income growth.