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Raising Taxes on Ride Sharing Harms the Public

Call it a head tax on wheels. The recently announced plan to triple the Seattle city taxes on all ride-share trips — to 75 cents from 24 cents, which would create the highest flat ride-share tax in the U.S. — is out of the same playbook that brought us the 2017-18 tax on jobs. It would hurt working people and others who use the Uber or Lyft ride option, reduce income for drivers by up to an estimated $1,800 a year and increase traffic congestion rather than alleviating it. More than half the revenue generated by the tax would be used for programs that have nothing to do with transportation, though transportation problems constitute some of the public’s greatest concerns. The tax reflects a growing attitude in government that new technologies and business models are more a source

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November
11
Nov
6
06
2019

6th Annual Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership Benefit Luncheon

Discovery Institute
Date
November
11
Nov
6
06
2019
The Crowne Plaza Hotel
Seattle, WA
We invite you to join friends and supporters of Discovery Institute at 12 PM on Wednesday, November 6 for the 6th annual luncheon to benefit Discovery Institute’s Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership. The luncheon will feature a keynote by author, futurist, and publisher of Forbes magazine Rich Karlgaard.
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January
01
Jan
25
25
2020

Dallas Conference on Science and Faith 2020

John G. West
Date
January
01
Jan
25
25
2020
Dallas, TX
According to a nationwide survey, more than two-thirds of atheists and one-third of agnostics believe that “the findings of science make the existence of God less probable,” while nearly half of self-identified theists believe “the findings of science are neutral with regard to the existence of God.” But what if there is another option? What if the discoveries of science actually lend support to belief in God? Tackle this question head-on at the upcoming Dallas Conference on Science and Faith 2020 on January 25. Held on the campus of Denton Bible Church, the conference will explore exciting scientific discoveries about the origin of the universe, the origin of life, and the development of biological complexity, as well as critique the scientific and cultural impact of

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October
10
Oct
23
23
2019

COSM

A National Technology Summit on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Crypto, and Life After Google
Discovery Institute
Date
October
10
Oct
23
23
2019
The Westin Bellevue
Bellevue, WA
The COSM Conference is a premier national summit on the converging future of technology. Held in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, COSM highlights the interplay between global innovations and the pullulating Seattle scene of some of the world’s leading tech companies confronting the fastest moving opportunities. Focusing on the “systems of the world” competing to shape our economy and society, the mission of the conference is to stimulate debate and deliberation on the cosmic unities animating an array of apparently divergent technology areas. From artificial intelligence and blockchain to 5G and crypto-currency, from autonomous vehicles and cloud computing to the biotech revolution and to internet commerce, it is all converging in Seattle and