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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

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

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