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February 27, 2005

Shock and appall...

The Seattle Times reports that Bill Gates is "appalled" by high schools and is committing some of his philanthrophic resources to "fixing" the American education system.

The hypocrisy here is astounding.   As EP contributor Jeff Reifman has documented in his article "Citizen Microsoft" (blogged here, with follow up here),  Microsoft takes advantage of huge corporate tax loopholes to dodge paying its fair share of the taxes that fund our public education system.

So, whatever Bill's ideas for fixing our high schools might be (and they could no doubt use some fixing), I suggest he start by looking at the behaviors of his own corporation that have contributed to the problem.

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Posted by Jon Stahl on February 27, 2005 at 09:47 PM in The Politics of Business | Permalink

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What's Appalling Is Microsoft's Hypocrisy

SEIU Local 775 Reaction To Bill Gates ' Speech At National Governor's Association

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Adam Glickman, aglickman@seiu775.org

Reacting to news reports of Bill Gates speech at the National Governor's Association, in which he said he was "appalled" at the lack of education funding and "political will" to improve schools, SEIU Local 775 turned the spotlight on Microsoft's hypocrisy.

"This is a hugely profitable corporation that comes to the legislature year after year demanding massive tax breaks, sends its royalty income to Nevada to avoid paying $150 million/year in state taxes, and then complains that there's no money for schools?" said SEIU Local 775 President David Rolf. "Instead of lobbying for tax breaks, Bill Gates should put his money where his mouth is and lobby to reinstate the estate tax for him and other millionaires."

According to statistics from the Washington Education Association, $150 million/year in revenue would fund 2400 new teachers to reduce class size.

SEIU Local 775 represents 29,000 home care and nursing home workers across the state. 300 home care and nursing home workers from across the state gathered in Olympia yesterday to lobby legislators to reinstate the tax on adult children of millionaires and close corporate tax loopholes to balance the budget gap without cutting long-term care, health care, education, and other essential services.

Posted by: Adam Glickman | Mar 1, 2005 6:07:16 PM

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