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February 17, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Transportation package needs to tackle climate change

Work continues on the Highway 520 bridge, looking westbound toward Seattle from Medina in December. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

I agree with the editorial suggesting that ideology shouldn’t trump sound transportation policy [“Don’t let ideology stand in the way of a transportation deal,” Opinion, Feb. 15]. A gridlocked Legislature serves no one.

The Senate Transportation Committee’s bipartisan package is an encouraging sign of what might be possible. But the package doesn’t clear the high bar of objectivity The Times calls for. Not when it would hold transit funding hostage if Gov. Jay Inslee uses his

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: climate change, global warming, Gov. Jay Inslee

February 2, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Affordable Care Act tax subsidies: Customers might get a surprise

The article on potential tax surprises due to the Affordable Care Act [“Time for health-care exchange customers to settle up taxes,” Local News, Jan. 24] failed to acknowledged a possible welcome surprise. Some people may have overestimated their income when applying for a subsidy and will therefore be due a reimbursement from the…

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Andrea Perr, IRS

February 1, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Provide an alternative when opposing taxes

Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times

The Seattle Times should not have published the column by Richard S. Davis [“Gov. Inslee’s capital-gains tax idea is dead on arrival,” Opinion, Jan. 28]. Why?

All tax increases or spending cuts adversely affect someone. All the column does is provide the details specific to

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: capital gains tax, Patrick J. Russell, Richard S. Davis

January 22, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Taxes and utilities can cause rent increases

Danny Westneat’s column and any article for the last two years about rent increases in the city of Seattle have all forgotten to mention several reasons for the rent increases [“Even some landlords shocked by rent hikes,” Local News, Jan. 16]. All utilities have gone up as well as power, such as gas and…

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: Danny Westneat, Linda L. Jacobin, property tax

January 16, 2015 at 4:36 PM

Climate change: Don’t react to oil prices by selling electric cars

Regarding the article “Will drivers keep plugging in to electric cars as gas prices fall?” [Local News, Jan. 6]: In this economy, Herman Brigg’s desire to save money by giving up his electric car is understandable, but also extremely shortsighted. Such action will be bad for both his finances and the environment. Oil companies…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: carbon tax, climate change, electric cars

January 15, 2015 at 7:05 AM

Tax code: Bring transparency to tax expenditures

Thank you for the excellent article on our substandard tax code [“State’s ‘Ford Pinto’ tax system not so easy to trade in,” Local News, Jan. 10]. I am totally supportive of state Rep. Reuven Carlyle’s quest to bring transparency to the hundreds of tax expenditures in our tax code. My fantasy would be…

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: Christian Saether, Rep. Reuven Carlyle, taxes

January 9, 2015 at 4:27 PM

Readers’ priorities: What should the Legislature focus on?

Kelly Shea / The Seattle Times

Kelly Shea / The Seattle Times

Editor’s note: Last Sunday, The Times Opinion page asked readers what the Legislature’s priority should be this session. Here are selected responses:

The environment

In laying out its priorities for the Legislature in 2015, The Seattle Times editorial board hit on an agenda that is absolutely important. But it overlooked a crucial item: preserving natural infrastructure.

We need clean water to drink, a resilient Puget Sound, vibrant forests and clean air to breathe. These are foundational to all other issues. A healthy environment underpins human mental and physical health and our region’s livelihoods.

Caring for Washington’s environment is caring for the bedrock of our state. Living in the midst of natural beauty, we sometimes take for granted the incredible natural resources that are the foundation for our state’s economy and quality of life.

Mary Ruckelshaus, Seattle

Fund public education

As the state constitution declares, the state’s first priority is to amply fund public education. The constitution is very

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: education, environment, Legislature

January 9, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Education spending: Many people would want to pay more taxes

In “Spending more on public education” [Opinion, Jan. 7], state Sen. Christine Rolfes asks, “Do we look for more revenue, even though no one wants to pay more taxes?” The same issue reports on the latest Elway Poll finding that 48 percent of those polled said lawmakers should raise taxes to fund schools…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Michael and Beret Kischner, state Sen. Christine Rolfes

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 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Stop asking the middle class to subsidize businesses like Boeing

On Monday, Boeing announced a new $12 billion buyout of their stock after just completing a $6 billion buyback of stock last year. This makes shareholders wealthier while not producing a single new job. Boeing is able to do this thanks to a tax system that has increasingly favored corporations over individuals. Boeing is a good…

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Comments | More in Boeing, Taxes | Topics: Boeing, buyback, Joe Curiel

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