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Tax breaks and the power of inertia

December 13, 2013 J

In a vote that illustrates a continuing dilemma for state politicians, a legislative committee on Wednesday saved a tax break for dentists — the only recommendation to get rid of a tax exemption put before it on Wednesday. The actual issue is minor. The tax break is for insurance premiums for dentists, and its elimination would have provided [...]

Washington Lawmakers Hear Pitch For Corporate Tax Disclosure

November 26, 2013 J

The issue of tax transparency in Washington is getting fresh attention on the heels of a major tax deal for Boeing. Earlier this month, Washington lawmakers extended $8.7 billion worth of tax incentives to aerospace – that is if Boeing builds its next generation 777 in Washington.The website Good Jobs First calls the deal the [...]

Council looks to tap the brakes on Seattle ride-sharing

September 29, 2013 J

Ride-share drivers using apps like Lyft, Sidecar and UberX to connect with passengers could soon face new city-imposed licensing and vehicle inspection requirements, if the City Council adopts regulations similar to the ones they discussed at a committee meeting on Thursday. The council’s central staff will work to draft new “near-term” regulations over the next four weeks. [...]

Kittitas County considers rental vehicle tax

September 26, 2013 J

A provision in state law allows county governments to add a 1 percent local sales tax to support nonprofit youth and adult amateur sport programs, and Kittitas County is considering it. County commissioners earlier this week set a public hearing for 2 p.m. Oct. 15 to gain comments on the proposal. read here  Like this [...]

Tax hike likely needed to pay for new courthouse

September 26, 2013 J

EVERETT — The cost for a new Snohomish County courthouse is just starting to come into focus. And with $75 million in bonds already sold for the project, it’s too late to back out. Now, county leaders need to pick a spot for the building. They also need to find another $35 million to $70 million [...]

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