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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Budget
December 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Inslee’s carbon plan: The benefit of a carbon-neutral plan

We’re fortunate to have an activist governor on climate change, so I hate to quibble. But as The Seattle Times suggests in a recent editorial, “A revenue-neutral approach — one that would mitigate consumer’s costs of a carbon tax — would be both less financially risky and more politically viable in the divided Legislature,” than…

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Comments | More in Budget, Climate change | Topics: carbon tax, climate change, global warming

December 24, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Inslee’s budget: New taxes hurt employers

Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed three new taxes, and the repeal of five other tax breaks [“‘Buck up,’ Inslee says, as he makes his case for new taxes,” Local News, Dec. 18]. All these taxes directly impact employers. Apparently, Inslee hasn’t noticed that the unemployment rate is around 6 percent, while neighboring Idaho’s has…

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Comments | More in Budget | Topics: business, ecology, Gov. Jay Inslee

December 17, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Federal budget: Fund programs that promote peace efforts

In a year of deep divide in our government, I appreciate that our elected officials came together to pass a bill to keep us solvent through September 2015 [“Senate OKs nominees and tax bill as term ends,” Nation & World, Dec. 17]. While the budget passed doesn’t include funding for Homeland Security, it does…

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Comments | More in Budget | Topics: Federal budget, peace, Seattle Peace Alliance