Category: Economics

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Thieves in Eugene?

The Lane Transit Authority thinks it has a problem with riders who do not pay full fare: Drivers have estimated that 2 percent to 5 percent of riders get away with an invalid fare, although one said recently that the number can be 15 percent to 20 percent on a busy day. Really, though, even 20% greatly understates the problem: After a recent review of operations, Lane Transit District has decided it will look into the problem of “fare evasion” — riders who don’t pay enough in fare, unknowingly or on purpose. ….. A payroll tax on local businesses provides...

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Let’m Build the Landing

Yes, just as we support either rebuilding Key Arena or building a brand new basketball monument we also support the fine folks who want to develop The Landing in Renton. If this is a viable project, and the developers seem to think it worth a $390 million investment, then there is neither reason nor need to fleece the public to support these already wealthy folks. That is not what the Renton city government thinks: Harvest Partners expects its regional shopping center will create about 2,500 jobs and generate $1.5 million to $3 million a year in taxes for the city....

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Pharmacists and Rights

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer gets one thing right about the Washington board of pharmacy error: The board’s August meeting will provide a chance to truly correct the mistake by dropping the rule altogether. We’re not convinced the board will do that. Exactly! Pharmacists must perform their duties to the standards of their employer. Their only choice, if their beliefs preclude them from serving their employer’s customers, is to move to a different employer, e.g., a pharmacy that does not stock Plan B, etc., or a different career. Employers should simply fire pharmacists who do not perform their job duties. They get...

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They Can Build Their Own

It is rare that the national park service proposes to do something close to the right thing: The National Park Service has proposed turning a washed-out road in north-central Washington’s upper Stehekin Valley into a trail for hikers and horseback riders, but the idea is meeting opposition from residents of the rural community. As you might expect there are those that think this road should be rebuilt: Already, some residents are finding fault with the preferred alternative. Members of the community group Stehekin Heritage say none of the four alternatives is viable. In addition, the preferred option would discourage visitors...

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Your Tax Dollar At Work

I’ve got to remember to read the whole article if the headline or picture catches my eye! Ten days ago the Alaska Airlines salmon plane was plastered all over the papers. For instance here is the Seattle PI article and here is a picture of the plane. Well, Alaska Air has had interesting paintings on its planes for may years so when I saw this picture I thought: “Wow, they’ve gone a bit overboard with this but it does look pretty cool.” And turned to the next page of the paper assuming that this was Alaska Air marketing to the...

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The Right Approach to Using Extorted Money

Some King County council members have finally figured out that money taken from citizens should not be used to support commercial endeavors: County Councilmen David Irons and Dwight Pelz on Monday formally presented a pair of proposed bills that would prevent the use of county funds or state or federal grants to support efforts to allow commercial airlines to operate at Boeing Field. Sadly, I doubt they’ve learned that this approach should apply across the board. For instance, airlines and their passengers should pay all the costs related to Sea-Tac; the stadiums should be payed for entirely by the teams...