2012 Election

The Financial Impact of This Year's Initiatives

What this year's proposed initiatives would cost the state.

08/10/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

This Washington

New Elway Poll: Anti-Tax Sentiment Down Slightly

New Elway Poll finds voters easing up slightly on anti-tax sentiment, but not happy with government.

04/05/2012 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Squinting to See What They Want to See

Wednesday Edition. Caffeinated News & Gossip.

03/14/2012 By Morning Fizz

This Washington

State: Cities' Concerns About Centralized B&O Tax Are Overblown

In a set of talking points responding to PubliCola's story about a proposal to centralize B&O taxes, the state says cities' concerns about revenue losses are overblown.

01/17/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

New Safeco Field Tax Loophole To Cost City Up To $300,000 a Year

PubliCola has learned that a tax loophole written into largely unrelated stadium legislation will allow Safeco Field to charge its own commercial parking tax---preempting the city's parking tax and costing taxpayers as much as $300,000 a year.

09/29/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


Campaign Fizz: Booze, Taxes, and Tacoma

The day's local campaign roundup.

08/24/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Morning Quotes

Thursday Edition: Quotes about pot, Michele Bachmann, the CIA, the tunnel, tax loopholes, and transit funding.

05/12/2011 By Morning Fizz


Eyman is Right

The day's winners and losers.

05/04/2011 By Afternoon Jolt

Morning Fizz

When You Adjust for Inflation

Friday Edition: a state spending math lesson; a compromise; a comparison between the deep bore tunnel and the I/5 surface option; a reaction from Mayor McGinn to Pete Holmes' other lawsuit; and a question for port commissioner Bill Bryant.

04/15/2011 By Morning Fizz

This Washington

Senators Propose Referendum That Would Require Simple Majority To Close Tax Loopholes

Democrats unveil alternative approach to budget: Repeal tax loopholes.

04/14/2011 By Andrew Calkins

Morning Fizz

The Senate's Assumption

Thursday edition: An important footnote in the state budget (sorry, labor); Mike O'Brien gets closer to the people; UW and the commercial parking tax; and Ferguson's fundraising fudge.

04/14/2011 By Morning Fizz

PubliCola Adds Life

I've Been Scared to Say This, But

ThinkTank Tuesday continues on Wednesday. And the Cola ThinkTank is saying some taboo stuff.

04/06/2011 By Josh Feit


Afternoon Jolt: Zoos, Aquariums, and Loopholes—Oh My!

Reuven Carlyle loves zoos and aquariums. LOVES. THEM.

01/25/2011 By Afternoon Jolt


Talk Is Cheap

Every member of Seattle's City Council will tell you that they believe the City should invest in infrastructure that promotes walking, biking, and transit and helps reduce car-dependence. Just don't ask them to make any hard choices to pay for it.

10/25/2010 By Dan Bertolet


McGinn's $13 Million Walk Bike Ride Plan Is More Equitable Than You Think

When Mayor Mike McGinn announced $13 million in alternative transportation funding in his otherwise bleak budget, he was decried as once again pandering to bicyclists at everyone's expense. A closer look at the budget breakdown reveals an equitable block

10/08/2010 By Josh Cohen

City Hall

Council to Consider Exempting UW from Parking Tax Increase

The city council will consider exempting large institutions that subsidize transit, like the University of Washington, from an increase in the commercial parking tax.

09/22/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

Food News

Introducing the Candy Tax

Starting June 1, you’ll have to pay about 10 cents more for your favorite candy. Unless your favorite candy contains flour.

06/01/2010 By Jessica Voelker

The C is for Crank

Seattle Times, Your Bias Is Showing

04/22/2010 By Erica C. Barnett