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Amazon exaggerates its support for affordable housing

This month, Amazon informed the Associated Press that it had “given the city [of Seattle] tens of millions of dollars for affordable housing” for a story that…

Where are Washington’s K-12 dollars? Just ask Microsoft shareholders

In June, the Washington State Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to appear on September 3rd to explain why it hasn't found the revenue to fully…

Five ways your medical insurance defines deductible

If Merriam-Webster had anything to do with it, the concept of a deductible would be simple — the "amount of money that you have to…

Affordable Seattle broadband? What Would Macklemore Do?

Recently I switched my home alarm to a cellular system, thinking I would save money by canceling my landline. Simple capitalism, right? Buy less, pay…

Court whacking of Seattle on phone books lets corporations run legally amok

The responses to Seattle’s $781,503-losing lawsuit with phone-book publishers highlight misunderstanding of the issues of corporate influence and the predictability of concerned citizens and activists.…

Seattle’s stand against treating corporations as people

Mitt Romney famously said, “corporations are people … everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people.” He went on to ask: “Where do you think it…

Microsoft’s $528 million Washington tax break

When I heard that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates had invoked the phrase "creative capitalism" at last month's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, it reminded…