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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

July 7, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Blue America: Move tax money back to the states

Froma Harrop makes an excellent point [“The GOP can help Blue America,” Opinion, July 1]. If the more progressive leaning states are paying way more into taxes than the conservative states, let’s call them at their own game — no more subsidizing your states through taxes. We will take our taxes home and spend…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: conservatives, Froma Harrop, Mary Meister

May 21, 2014 at 6:24 AM

What are the benefits of corporate tax breaks?

As usual, the business community, Times included, is always quick to point out the benefits to our economy when we extend tax breaks to new business, unless said business happens to be a competitor, of course [“Extend data-center tax break,” Opinion, May 18]. Left unsaid is the fact that tax income forgiven to one is…

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: business, corporate tax breaks, Don Curtis

April 28, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Bicycle Master Plan: Focus on the ‘greater good’ instead of targeting cyclists

Donna Grethen / Op Art

I find it difficult to believe, yet again, that this discussion of taxing or licensing bicycles is back on the table [“How would it work to make cyclists pay?” Northwest Voices, April 19]. It is based on some ethos of “two wheels bad, four wheels better.”

There somehow remains the ill-founded notion that

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Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: Bicycle Master Plan, bicycling, Pat Sherwood

April 17, 2014 at 6:31 AM

King County Prop. 1: While buses are valued, we can’t afford more taxes and fees

Lurking within the current debate about Proposition 1 for Metro and roads funding is a significant irony [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7]. Backers of Proposition 1 are right that seniors rely on the bus for most transportation around Seattle. While we, my…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: metro, Michael W. Shurgot, Proposition 1

March 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Close corporate tax loopholes for large companies

Boeing won’t be paying any taxes this year [“Boeing has big tax refund coming from Uncle Sam — again,” seattletimes.com, March 1].

Instead, by deferring tax payments, it will be getting a $199 million refund. It’s not alone; many corporations are avoiding taxes altogether through loopholes. In the Senate there is a bill that would close corporate tax loopholes that allow multinational corporations to hide their profits overseas to avoid paying taxes, and we should encourage Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to champion it.

At least 82 of the top 100 publicly traded companies in America use tax havens like the Cayman Islands. Offshore tax dodging amounts to $150 billion a year in lost revenue — costing the average small business in Washington $3,616 extra each year, according to WashPIRG data. Small businesses, like individual taxpayers, are obligated to pay their taxes, so why should multinational corporations get off the hook?

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

September 26, 2013 at 6:24 AM

Real-estate taxes in Seattle

Questions for letter writer I have some questions for unhappy property owner Stuart Weibel. [“Northwest Voices: New city budget,” Opinion, Sept. 25.] Does he know the assessments come from the King County assessor’s office and not the mayor’s office and feature an appeal process? Did he read the latest Case-Shiller Index article? [“Home prices up again...

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Comments | More in Business, Politics, Seattle | Topics: assessment, case-shiller index, home prices

September 24, 2013 at 6:32 PM

New city budget and rising real-estate taxes

Unhappy property owner Yes, we have an improving economy, and yes, real-estate prices are rising. [“Budget reflects McGinn’s priorities,” NW Tuesday, Sept. 24.] Whatever methods the city is using to raise real-estate taxes, they are blunt axes for many of us. The real-estate taxes on our Queen Anne condominium have been raised substantially for two years…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: city, economy, mayor

August 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

David Walker speaks up about the national debt

Suggested solutions In the article about the national debt, David Walker mentions solving the problem doing something about health-care costs, changing the tax system and Social Security. [“Former top federal auditor sounds alarm on debt,” Business, Aug. 26.] The solutions are there right in front of us, but since most believe that growth, not sustainability, will…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: americans, costs, credit

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