Washington is once again the highest wireless tax state in the nation, according to a recent study. Consumers in our state pay a staggering combined (federal, state and local) average wireless tax rate of 25.15%. In comparison, our neighbors to the east and south, Idaho and Oregon, boast wireless tax rates of less than 9%, the lowest in the nation. The national average is around 18%.
This isn’t just a Washington state problem; wireless taxes in most states across the nation are skyrocketing, considered by lawmakers as a quick, reliable and inconspicuous way to increase tax revenues. Over the past decade average wireless tax rates grew at quadruple the rate of general sales tax—this means many consumers are now paying more than double the taxes imposed on other goods and services. Case in point—in Washington, the average state and local sales and use taxes on goods and services are 9.15% while the average state and local taxes on wireless service are 18.69...
The Chicago Teachers Union is warning of a potentially long strike ahead. The union gauged its members’ willingness to strike in a questionnaire last week. The union said poll results showed 97 percent of their members support a walkout.
Even though there was no use of the word “strike” on the ballot, union officials say the questionnaire was similar to what was voted on before the 2012 strike.
A spokesperson for Chicago Public Schools responded to the mock vote, saying the administration is...
“Do you have anything against the United States or its allies?”
Um, well no.
The question was posed to me more than 30 years ago by a fellow who was looking for a college roommate.
He was an aspiring Army officer who wanted to make sure he wasn’t exposed to — or associated with — ideas he didn’t agree with.
We ended up rooming together, but I always thought it was a bit sad that on a college campus, of all places, someone was afraid of ideas.
I love the marketplace of ideas one finds on college...