Category: Northwest

Microsoft Executives Join Facebook PAC Promoting Keystone KXL and ANWR Drilling

We’ve discussed at length the Nevada tax dodge run by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, CEO Steve Ballmer and General Counsel Brad Smith. Well, they’ve joined FWD.US, the PAC run by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg – which is funding ads to promote...

/ April 28, 2013

Sighting of the Highly Elusive Pacific Northwest Sex Croissant

Pretty excited to see one of these today … usually quite rare:

/ April 24, 2013

Seattle Dance Clubs Fundraise to Pay Microsoft’s Tax Bill

In April 2010, Washington State’s Legislature changed the definition of its software royalty tax and effectively granted amnesty to Microsoft, helping the company lock up $1.51 billion in savings from its thirteen-year Nevada tax dodge – and more than $100 million...

/ April 12, 2013

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

The Deschutes Coconut Bliss Float

The Northwest has hatched a pretty amazing microcosm of foodie-ism … in Seattle, we have microbrews, locally sourced cupcakes and ice cream, fair trade chocolate made from the bean, vegan donuts … well you get the picture. So, last night...

/ February 8, 2013

How Phonebook Companies Are Wasting Seattle Taxpayers’ Money

Thud… Thud… Thud! That’s the sound of phonebooks you opted out from landing on your porch in the near future if Seattle loses a lawsuit brought by phonebook publishers. The case is a perfect example of big business using “corporate personhood”...

/ July 11, 2012