Category: Corporate Power

Hunter’s Promised Royalty Tax Revenue Never Materialized

But the point of adding only royalty tax apportionment (out of scores of other B&O classifications) to the 2010 services apportionment bill was never meant to generate additional revenue, it was meant to eliminate the issue of Microsoft’s worldwide licensing...

/ April 12, 2013

The Third Anniversary of Washington State’s Big Tax Gift to Microsoft

Wednesday will be the third anniversary of the biggest corporate tax break in Washington State history. On April 10, 2010, the Legislature changed the definition of the state’s royalty tax and effectively granted amnesty to Microsoft, helping the company lock...

/ April 9, 2013

Is it time for the U.S. Treasury to provide digital cash?

Update: I originally posted this piece about the weight of credit card fees on our economy to TalesofChange.org in 2010 and was reminded of it today by Kim Dotcom’s tweet above. See also the Guardian’s Bitcoin: more than just the currency of digital vice....

/ March 4, 2013

Phonebook Lawsuit Cost Seattle $264,503 in Legal Fees

Update: Seattle Weekly reports that the city has announced a $517,500 settlement with the phonebook companies. The total cost of the settlement and legal fees to the city therefore is $781,503. City says phonebook opt-out service will be taken offline soon....

/ March 1, 2013

Why You Should Care About Seattle’s Phonebook Debacle

Update: In response to my public records request, the City of Seattle reports it has paid $264,503 in outside legal fees during the Yellow Pages Lawsuit. Reading through the comments on BoingBoing about Seattle’s proposed $500,000 settlement with phonebook companies highlighted for me how misunderstood...

/ February 26, 2013

Corporate Personhood to Cost Seattle $500,000 to Settle Phone Book Lawsuit

Update 2: There is now a followup: Why you should care about Seattle’s phonebook debacle? Update: This post did not include an estimate for the city’s own legal fees. The city retained Summit Law Group as outside counsel on the case which...

/ February 21, 2013

Good Activism Breaks Law

Update: The Stranger published a shorter version of this on August  15. Last week, The Stranger called Initiative 103 “an unconstitutional waste of time,” but constitutionality isn’t the right benchmark to measure social change efforts. In 1873, after suffragist Susan...

/ August 5, 2012