Summary: Washington warns that it may go broke within months, which brings back to the table Microsoft’s massive tax dodge (over a billion dollars in this state)
MICROSOFT IS not paying the tax it must pay in Washington, but it has taxpayers pay for a new Microsoft bridge, for example, right there in Washington. This type of behaviour upsets former Microsoft employee Mr. Reifman, who shows that Washington is going broke. From the Seattle Times:
Washington state government is in danger of running out of money if the Legislature fails to act quickly, state Treasurer Jim McIntire says.
“With no improvement in the state’s overall cash position, the entire state treasury could be depleted as soon as September 2010,” McIntire said in a letter sent to the governor and legislative leaders last month.
The Legislature ought to force companies like Microsoft to actually pay taxes. They can start by collecting what Microsoft has avoided paying over the years. Microsoft does not mind if the country goes up in flames as long as Ballmer and his minions continue to hoard cash and enjoy the benefits of potentially-unconstitutional tax exemptions (Gates needn’t pay taxes either because he found loopholes that he is exploiting). There is increasing poverty near Microsoft's campus, including tent cities. This demonstrates the injustice.
As in any situation where the corporations control the press, people hardly get access to this information, which is true. Take EveryBlock for example. A few months ago we showed Microsoft and NBC taking over such an independent site [1, 2] and now we find this update from Joseph Tartakoff:
Hyperlocal news aggregator EveryBlock is making its first big move since being purchased by MSNBC.com over the summer: Visitors to the site will now be able to write up announcements of their own, which will show up along with EveryBlock’s existing automated blurbs which are pulled from local municipal sources and news sites.
Municipal sources and news sites tend to just echo business interests; thus, they rarely speak about the looting of the public and other matters that affect the population at large. We have said more about these media monopolies in the recent posts found below. █
- Reader’s Article: Corporate Media Ownership Shifts
- GE, Microsoft, Comcast and (Microsoft AstroTurf at) Twitter: Pact of Lies
- De Facto Microsoft Press Already Rewrites the Story of Microsoft’s Destruction of Yahoo!, Other Stories
- Beyond the ‘Public Relations’
- The Gates Foundation Extends Control Over Communication with Oxfam Relationship