state law

Tax Loophole
4:54 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Enviro Groups Urge Lawmakers To Close Tax Loophole Benefiting Oil Companies

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More than 20 environmental groups have joined together with a common priority this short legislative session: close what they say is a huge loophole benefiting big oil companies.

The Environmental Priorities Coalition includes big names like the Sierra Club, American Rivers, Fuse and the Cascade Bicycle Club. They don’t always see eye to eye on things, but when it comes to oil companies and the state tax structure, they’re all sure something’s not quite right.

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Law
10:45 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Death of Jewish man on Rainier fuels fight over autopsy

Mount Rainier: Scene of a death and a controversy.
Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — The death of a 54-year-old Jewish man on a snowy slope on Mount Rainier set the stage for a Pierce County court fight pitting religious belief against scientific certainty.

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Payday Lending
3:35 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

Internet lending worries spur move to end payday loan limits

Under a law that went into effect last year, brick-and-mortar payday lenders are highly regulated in Washington state. There's concern the law may be driving low-income borrowers to the "wild west" of the Internet, where fees are even higher.
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A state law that went into effect early last year limited the number of payday loans borrowers could get per year to eight. It aims to protect people from falling into an endless spiral of debt.

But a Tacoma legislator, who originally backed the law, says it's driving people into the clutches of far worse lenders, on the Internet. 

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