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Seattle Weekly: Citizen Microsoft

Sep 29, 2004, 14:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Reifman)

"Every time Microsoft hires someone in Washington, it creates 3.5 new jobs here. According to the company, Microsoft created an estimated 117,620 new jobs in Washington between 1990 and 2001. But while Microsoft promotes the positive impact of success, all this growth has placed a heavy burden on our schools, roads, and overall livability...

"Most of us accept on faith that what's good for business is good for our state. Our Legislature spends much of its time trying to make Washington a competitive choice for businesses. But it's about time we started asking hard questions about where our competitiveness is taking us and who is pushing the agenda. How is it that with one of the richest corporations in the world in our backyard, our state has become less livable...?"

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[Editor's Note: While I recommend you read this whole article to get the context, the impact of Linux on Microsoft is detailed in the "Linux: The Next Airbus" section of this story. -BKP]

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