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March 5, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Extend tax incentives for tech industry

Thriving tech businesses should invest in state students

Today’s opinion piece by Susan Sigl and Bryan Mistele ended with the sentence, “The answer should be clear” [“Tech industry tax incentives should be extended,” Opinion, March 1]. The answer could be clear if the correct question were asked: “If the tech industry is as successful as they say they are due to past incentives, and they need our students to be better-educated, why are they seeking to retain incentives now that their businesses are thriving?”

The phrase “pay it forward” has become popular recently. How about some good old-fashioned “pay it back” from those established businesses in the tech industry? Companies that have become successful due to past incentives should pay the state back for those previously received incentives by letting go of them.

This is a clear answer to the problem of fully funding education for all state students, including those studying STEM subjects.

–Marcia Stedman, Bothell

Tax incentives should not go to established companies

It seem to me tax incentives should be for startups or struggling innovative companies.

I wish someone would look at Microsoft and other large, very profitable tech companies and simply list the recent profits and the tax breaks they will receive if these incentives are continued and then look at the need for education funding.

How can these companies continually lament the lack of skilled workers while avoiding paying taxes that help fund education? Am I missing something? Please enlighten us.

–Sherry Taylor, Seattle

Comments | More in Taxes, technology | Topics: STEM, tax incentives, Washington Technology Industry Association

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