My first mileage tax bill: only two lattes a month!
Apr 16, 2018

Last week, I received my first simulated monthly invoice (pictures below) from DriveSync, which contracts with the Washington State Transportation Commission in the Road Usage Charge Pilot Project.

I "owe" $9.64 in mileage tax – or, as public officials will surely someday declare – just two lattes a month!

With people in the Puget Sound region already paying hundreds of dollars more each year in motor vehicle excise tax overcharges and property taxes that benefit Sound Transit, those two lattes a month are deceptively expensive. They could become even more expensive if public officials later choose to increase the 2.4-cent rate used in the pilot. The state gas tax has increased 115% just in the last 20 years.

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Federal Health Care Spending and Taxes
Apr 16, 2018

Tax day, April 15th, just passed and a reasonable question to ask is “where does our tax money go?” A recent Heritage Foundation study answers the question in detail. The authors’ source is the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

The authors looked at the federal budget and grouped spending into several categories. Leading the list at 28 percent is spending on health care – mostly Medicare and Medicaid, but also to a lesser extent Obamacare.

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The March for Convenient Science
Apr 12, 2018

This Saturday is the March for Science, which purports to promote the use of science in public policy. The web page proclaims, “Evidence-based policy is critical to protecting our present and future, yet anti-science sentiment is a growing challenge in the current political environment.”

I have a few questions about what that means, and I invite those attending the march and the organizers to offer their answers.

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