[K12OSN] Good Citizen Microsoft

Huck dhuckaby at paasda.org
Wed Sep 29 16:22:42 UTC 2004

Being from WA....and visiting Seattle often...their traffic is the worst 
I've seen ANYWHERE...
because they have 1 highway... I-5....that runs N/S...and it's the only 
way to commute less you gotta boat or airplane =)

MS doesn't really do anything for our private schools...but alumni of 
our schools who work at MS contribute a lot...
in terms of licenses....they buy and donate to the school from their 
employee store...at a HUGE savings of normal fees.
Also...WA state has no personal income tax ... =) so those programmers 
who get paid a nice big chuck of moola....get to keep all but the 
Federal portion =)


Rick Barnich wrote:

> It occurred to me that when pitching K12LTSP, Linux and FOSS to school 
> systems, perhaps one should point out what a good neighbor Microsoft 
> is to the state of Washington. Recently, /Forbes/ ranked Seattle as 
> the most overpriced city in the country. Our school class sizes are 
> the fourth largest in the nation. Washington's percentage of residents 
> enrolled in college ranks 46th out of 50 states. Seattle teacher 
> salaries rank 97th out of 100 major cities. Our traffic is the 17th 
> worst in the country. And let's not forget more than 167,000 
> Washington children without health care and the growing ranks of 
> homeless citizens staking out highway off-ramps in search of handouts.
> Seven years ago, Microsoft opened a small office in Reno, Nev., to 
> collect the money it got from PC manufacturers that installed Windows 
> and Office on the computers they sold. In the years since, Microsoft 
> has sheltered more than $60 billion in royalty revenue in Nevada, a 
> state with no corporate income tax, costing Washington an estimated 
> $327 million in unrealized tax revenue.
> Washington(state) collected $16.1 million in taxes on software 
> royalties of $3.3 billion for all companies over the past four years. 
> Yet Microsoft reported that it earned more than $34 billion in revenue 
> from PC and device manufacturers during the same period. Had Microsoft 
> paid taxes on this revenue in Washington, it should have generated 
> $164.5 million for the state—far more than the $16.1 million collected 
> on software sales by all companies.
> http://www.seattleweekly.com/features/0439/040929_news_microsoft.php
> Rick Barnich
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