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  1. #1 Free college is coming for WA families making under $50K 
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    For years, Washington state has failed to fully fund its financial-aid program for low-income college students. This school year, about 18,000 people qualified for Washington’s State Need Grant, but didn’t get an award because of the program’s limited budget.

    That is now set to change. Not only did Washington lawmakers approve a plan to fully fund the college grant program, eliminating the wait list over the next two years, they’re expanding who qualifies — and making the awards guaranteed.

    The expansive higher-education plan the Legislature approved last month will make college tuition free for families making up to 55 percent of the state’s median family income, or up to $50,400 for a family of four. The plan will do so by creating a dedicated account for college and workforce-education investments, paid for by an increase in taxes on certain professional service businesses, as well as on high-tech companies.

    State Sen. Guy Palumbo, D-Maltby, called the plan “a once-in-a-generation investment” in the state’s future workforce.
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    Who's paying for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dlr Pyro View Post
    Who's paying for it?
    Me and other WA residents.
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    Architectural firms, law offices, medical practices, engineering firms and software companies are among the businesses that will see their tax rate increase from 1.5 percent to 1.8 percent.

    On top of that, advanced computing businesses that gross more than $25 billion in revenue would pay a higher rate. For companies making between $25 billion and $100 billion in revenue, their tax rate is slated to go up to 2.0 percent. For tech companies grossing more than $100 billion worldwide, their rate will be 2.5 percent.
    The cost of the tax will be passed along to the people who pay for the services of those companies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranb View Post
    Me and other WA residents.
    https://crosscut.com/2019/05/free-co...king-under-50k

    The cost of the tax will be passed along to the people who pay for the services of those companies.
    I believe Dir Pyro's statement is rhetorical
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    On this forum it is hard to tell the difference between rhetoric, irony, satire and the truth. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranb View Post
    On this forum it is hard to tell the difference between rhetoric, irony, satire and the truth. :)
    That's the idea. Keeps out the riff-raff.
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