One Year After First Proposal, Micro Business Owners Weigh Impact of Sugar Tax

South End and Central District community members and small business owners gathered Monday to discuss their personal experiences with Seattle’s so-called “soda tax.” The soda tax, also commonly known as the sugar tax, was originally brought forward by Seattle’s previous Mayor Ed Murray. The tax originated in part out of a response to America’s “obesityContinue reading “One Year After First Proposal, Micro Business Owners Weigh Impact of Sugar Tax”

Racial disparities, poverty the focus of state budget and policy summit

At a $70-per-ticket summit on December 7, attendees discussed Washington state’s budget and how to change it to benefit marginalized people and close wealth gaps. “When progressives get together we usually agree with one another and vent about Trump and whatever,” said Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, a featured speaker at the Washington State Budget &Continue reading “Racial disparities, poverty the focus of state budget and policy summit”

O’Brien and Harris-Talley: Tax Seattle businesses for homelessness

In a press conference Thursday morning, Seattle City Council members Mike O’Brien and Kirsten Harris-Talley announced the core of a new proposed budget for the city: making the top 10 percent grossing businesses pay a tax of less than five cents per hour per full-time employee.

FAFSA making changes to tax return rules

In September, the Obama Administration decided to change aspects of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA). Starting next year, students will be able to reference tax returns from two years ago.  In the past, the FAFSA has opened for applications far earlier in the year than when tax returns arrive, which determines students’Continue reading “FAFSA making changes to tax return rules”