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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

December 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Conversation starter: Reader responses on the state of the medical, recreational marijuana markets

(Photo by Steve Ringman / Seattle Times)

Editor’s note: The Times asked readers of last Sunday’s editorial on medical marijuana: “How is marijuana legalization going so far?” and “What would you change?”

How’s it going so far?

The medical system has been treated poorly in legalizing recreational marijuana. Marijuana is an effective medicine for many conditions.

There seems to be a rush to eliminate the medical system entirely. This would be a disservice to the many people who depend on marijuana to treat debilitating conditions.

Paul Lyons, Seattle

It’s doing well. Yes, the medical aspect has to be changed. Make them pay taxes and regulate them just like retail. Too many people hide behind a medical card.

Wena Coffman, Goldendale

Dispensaries always check my ID and medical card, so I don’t think they are letting underage or people without authorization buy.

Ronald Felthoven, Marysville

When Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed large portions of medical-marijuana reform, she harmed the industry and our state, putting us in the medical-marijuana quandary we are in now.

Had our medical pot been regulated, it would have been simple to follow the Colorado model of allowing medical stores to be the first recreational stores.

Sharon Whitson, Kirkland

The state Liquor Control Board has made some harsh and strict rules for recreational growers, while medical growers have none at all. Somehow the playing field has to be leveled between growers, or the board can have my grow license back.

Mary Gress, Vashon

The medical-marijuana suppliers have created a bigger market, and the products cost about one-quarter the cost for only a limited number of strains available from the recreational growers.

Steve Kuehn, Olympia

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: marijuana, medical marijuana, recreational marijuana

November 6, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Legislature: Supermajorities only protect the minority

Guest columnist Jason Mercier and Chris Cargill’s defense of supermajorities is unpersuasive [“The case for a supermajority vote on tax increases,” Opinion, Nov. 4]. In a democracy where majority rule is the time-honored tradition, supermajorities are justifiable only where they slow voter action on matters in which the velocity of change is important. In…

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Comments | More in Legislature | Topics: Chris Cargill, Jason Mercier, Legislature

August 28, 2014 at 7:35 AM

U.S. tax code needs reform

Reform tax code Danny Westneat’s column regarding American companies not paying their fair share of income taxes overlooks two important reasons [“Europe calls out tax schemes,” NWWednesday, Aug. 27]. The first is human nature, as all Americans will try to avoid having to pay taxes. The second is that no federal legislation is forthcoming to…

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: corporate taxes, taxes

August 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Eliminate corporate taxes: Amazon’s lashing in U.K.

Amazon’s tax strategy is competitive Excellent and very gripping piece on Amazon.com’s charring in the U.K. over taxes by reporter Jay Greene [“Brits Cry Foul,” Page one, Aug. 26]. What is truly frightening is the ignorance of the politicians who were doing the grilling. What they don’t realize is that corporate taxes are simply indirect…

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August 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM

State ferries: Eyman to blame for ferry woes

The problems with the state ferry system can be traced back to a single source: Tim Eyman [“Lawmakers turn up the heat on troubled ferry system,” Local News, Aug. 19]. The people of this state blindly followed his dismantling of the state highway funding source. You want quality people, from deckhands through management, to…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: highways, Paul Gotz, taxes

August 14, 2014 at 7:05 AM

How to create more movie industry jobs in Washington

It was great to open The Seattle Times and read Rob Owen’s excellent article about Washington’s movie industry and the miracles Amy Lillard and her team at Washington Filmworks have been pulling off year after year with very little funding [“Hollywood producers snubbing Seattle; here’s why,” Television, Aug. 12]. It’s clear that tax…

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Comments | More in Media | Topics: jobs, Mark Martino, movies

August 7, 2014 at 7:04 AM

McCleary decision: State needs to fix tax system to properly fund education

The Seattle Times’ editorial recounts the dismal outcomes of Washington’s public education system, but recommends the same old solution: let the Legislature do its work [“Heed former governors on McCleary education case,” Opinion, Aug. 5]. It should be clear after 40 years of litigation that mushing around with the current system isn’t going…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, McCleary decision, state Constitution

August 7, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Subsidies to Boeing burden an already regressive system

Times editorial columnist Erik Smith’s argues “The state didn’t give Boeing any money” [“The Boeing giveaway that wasn’t,” Opinion, July 31].  It may be true that no checks were written, but corporate tax avoidance shifts burdens for supporting infrastructure and services from Boeing to people already burdened with the most regressive tax policy…

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Comments | More in Boeing | Topics: Boeing, Erik Smith, Stuart Weibel

July 21, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Airline fees: Just tell me what the bottom-line price is

Nancy Ohanian / Op Art

With regard to guest columnist Lee Moak’s opinion piece [“The hidden fees in an airline ticket,” Opinion, July 16], there is way too much spin and disinformation contained.

For instance: “In 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation made a little known rule change that requires airlines to hide government taxes and fees within the advertised price of a ticket.” Or is it true that what they did was to inform the paying public what the true cost of that flight was going to be? Moak tries to compare buying a ticket to

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Comments | More in aviation | Topics: airlines, Alan Zelt, FAA

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