Greetings! Welcome to the Northwest Economic Policy Seminar Blog. Here you will find news, reports and other information on public policy issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. We have been up and running since July 2008 and have since addressed a range of topics, including the recent headline-grabbing passage of Seattle’s “Green Fee” (which aims to place a 20 cent tax on all disposable paper and plastic bags, as well as banning styrofoam food and drink containers). You can view our analysis on the tax here.
We are also currently looking into the possibility of a free transit system throughout the greater Seattle area. Why? Because each year, according to the 2006 Metro Transit Facts posted at the county’s official website, King County Metro generates a mere $87,929,462 in revenue while spending a whopping $433,108,247 on various expenses.
We ask that you review our reports, letters, and articles to develop your own well-formulated opinion on these matters. Thank you and enjoy browing. Should you have any submissions or inquiries, please feel free to contact us.