Walsh named co-chair to organization that provides research to Legislature



Rep. Walsh - official portraitRep. Maureen Walsh was named co-chair to the board of the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) this week. The board is made up of 16 members from the legislative and executive branches, as well as the academic community.

WSIPP's mission is “to carry out practical, non-partisan research at the direction of the Legislature or board of directors.” It was created by the Legislature in 1983. The board reviews the research and provides advice on upcoming projects for the policy institute.

“It is an honor to serve on the board as co-chair,” said Walsh, R-Walla Walla. “Many of the policy issues we deal with in the Legislature are complex, and WSIPP provides important research and background on specific issues that helps to better educate us as decision makers. Having a full-time research organization for a part-time Legislature serves the public by ensuring we are making decisions based on the most accurate and relevant data.”

Walsh was named to the WSIPP board this summer.

Recent research by WSIPP has included:

  • an evaluation of the State Need Grant's effectiveness for low-income students;
  • a cost-benefit analysis of implementing the legalization of marijuana;
  • evidence-based options that reduce crime and save money;
  • early education return on investment;
  • and much more.

The Evergreen State College in Olympia provides fiscal and administrative services for WSIPP.


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