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March 31, 2008 4:31 PM

Governor gives newspapers a break

Posted by David Postman

Washington newspapers won a tax cut today. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed House Bill 2585 into law. That extends an existing tax break on advertising to online ad sales as well.

This will cut newspaper taxes by $946,000 in the coming year and then by $2.7 million for the next two-year budget cycle. It is set to expire after that. Someone remind me in 2011 to check and see if the newspaper lobbyists are able to make this temporary cut permanent.

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Posted by Bill

8:48 PM, Mar 31, 2008

Small wonder really---the newspapers giver her passes all the time with their manifest bias and she pays them off. Simple patronage really---just 'walking around money'.

Posted by lupuln

9:46 PM, Mar 31, 2008

I hope the tax cut will be passed on to the salary of the most superior blogger in the history of humankind... David Postman!

Posted by Daniel K

11:44 PM, Mar 31, 2008

Can anyone spare some newsprint? I'd like to claim newspaper status and get my own tax break too.

Posted by TheTruth

2:21 AM, Apr 01, 2008

The payoff is in from one liberal to her liberal media. This is news? I wonder how many poor people will have to pay more to make up for this give away to the rich newspaper moguls like the Blethens.

Posted by harry

8:41 AM, Apr 01, 2008

oh goody, a little appetizer to my day of outrage. that's what i do. i monitor all the blogs and jump in with my latest outrage. so this is outwageous. thanks for this. yum

Posted by Luigi Giovanni

10:03 AM, Apr 01, 2008

Newspapers are also exempt from the state sales tax. How much does the state forego because of this exemption? How much does the state forego from customers of The Seattle Times because of this exemption?

Posted by upchuck

11:17 AM, Apr 01, 2008

washington state is not alone in kissing up to the media. the pentagon also bows to the power of those in postman's profession... = )

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Posted by Bothsides

11:41 AM, Apr 01, 2008

The only irony is that Chris has never met a tax she didn't like. This really looks good, tax break for the newspaper, the newspaper is kind to Chris and the election is in November, wow, this and the Indian Tribes, what a trade off......

Posted by Piper Scott

4:30 PM, Apr 01, 2008

Truth of the matter is that she wants to make sure she'll have work come January 09.

"Hey, now paper...P-I paper...Getcha paper here now...Paper mister???"

The Piper

Posted by P

4:32 PM, Apr 01, 2008

I am in favor of tax cuts for everyone. Newspapers deserve them as do the rest of us. But the hypocrisy here is truly amazing. Here is the governor who loves to increase spending and taxes whenever she can; but gives a tax break to those who can help her keep her seat? This truly smacks of cronyism, and I would be utterly surprised to see anyone in the media point this hypocrisy out to those who have to paid the freight for this, the taxpayers of Washington State.

Posted by ram

5:53 PM, Apr 01, 2008

Hmmm. Would these be the same newspapers who complain so frequently about the state's "loophole-ridden" tax code?

Posted by Luigi Giovanni

7:42 PM, Apr 02, 2008

David, you didn't respond to my questions. I'd be satisfied if you answered only the last one.

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