Category: Washington State

microsoft boeing tax break

Forget Boeing, Microsoft’s Tax Break Costs $776 Million

On Tuesday, The Seattle Times’ columnist Danny Westneat expressed shock that Boeing’s tax breaks cost the state $304 million last year. He failed to mention that the legislature’s actions in 2010 allowed Microsoft to save $776 million in taxes this...

/ May 5, 2016

AmazonFresh Out of Washington State License Plates

When this AmazonFresh truck crashed into a Seattle building in January, one thing that was not a problem was its California state license plates. Certainly,┬ácorporations like Amazon are people but if you’re actually a person and don’t register your personal...

/ April 27, 2016

Tim Eyman’s 1366 Can Fix Washington State’s Regressive Tax System

Tim Eyman's victory with Initiative 1366 may provide a major step towards real tax reform in Washington State. Cut the sales tax - tax corporations.

/ November 7, 2015

Mental Health Parity (or Parody?)

Lifewise reports that they are raising the copay for mental health visits to $50 per visit. So much for mental health parity. I believe this copay was $10 in 2014 and raised to $30 per visit in 2015. So, essentially,...

/ September 28, 2015
Lifewise Out of Pocket Maximum

The Out of Pocket Maximum That Isn’t

The Affordable Care Act's Out of Pocket Maximum isn't what you'd expect. In Washington State, it's insurance fraud.

/ September 25, 2015
Jeff Bezos and Tom Cruise

Seattle’s Coming ‘Amazocalypse’

Amazon's male programmers struggling to find bathrooms will soon be able to walk home to pee.

/ September 20, 2015

Amazon’s Terrible on Diversity (The Seattle Times is Wrong)

While I greatly appreciate Nina Shapiro’s front page story on Amazon’s impacts on The Seattle Times, I disagree with her coverage of┬áthe company’s impact on Seattle diversity; in fact, her reporting contradicts two other statistical reports from The Times’ Gene...

/ August 6, 2015