May 06, 2021
Jason Mercier & Chris Cargill, WPC
The good, the bad and the ugly of the 2021 Washington state Legislative Session

A rundown of all that happened in the 2021 Legislative session

BIOGRAPHY:

Jason Mercier is the Director of the Center for Government Reform at Washington Policy Center and

is based in the Tri-Cities. He has served on the boards of the Washington Coalition for Open
Government and Verify More, and was an advisor to the 2002 Washington State Tax Structure
Committee. Jason is an ex-officio member for the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and
serves on the Chamber’s government affairs committee.  He worked with lawmakers in 2008 to
create the state’s renowned budget transparency website www.fiscal.wa.gov and has been a
champion for many of the state’s important budget reform tools including the four-year balanced
budget requirement adopted in 2012. In 2010, former Governor Gregoire appointed Jason as WPC’s
representative on her Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Panel. Jason is also a member of the State
Tax Advisory Board for the Tax Foundation. He has testified numerous times before legislative
committees on government reform issues, and his op-eds regularly appear in newspapers around the
state, including The Seattle Times and Tri-City Herald. Jason also provides a regular TV update
for KVEW (ABC Tri-Cities) and can be heard frequently on several radio stations including KOMO,
KVI, KONA, KXLY and KIRO.

Chris Cargill is the Eastern Washington director at Washington Policy Center. A sixth-generation
Eastern Washingtonian, Chris graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. in broadcast
communication studies and political science. Before joining WPC in 2009, he worked in television
news for ten years at the FOX and ABC affiliates in Spokane. He has had the opportunity to serve on
many community boards, including the Spokane Valley and Tri-City Regional Chambers, as well as
the Spokane Regional Transportation Commission. He is the author of numerous policy studies on
Eastern Washington issues and is a frequent guest host and commentator on news radio stations
throughout the state.