Microsoft says it’s determined to pay more of its fair share in improving quality-of-life in its home state of Washington.
微软表示,它们决心在改善其华盛顿州的生活质量方面支付更多的公平份额。

In the process, it also appears to be branding itself as the anti-Amazon.
在这个过程中,它似乎也将自己标榜为与亚马逊对立的一方。

Earlier this week, the software giant backed a new bill that would actually increase the software company’s tax burden.
本周早些时候,该软件巨头支持了一项新法案,该法案实际上会增加软件公司的税负。

As the Seattle Times reports, Washington State HB 2158 seeks to raise a billion dollars to invest in workforce education for state students, including in high-demand subjects such as computer science, engineering, and nursing.
正如“西雅图时报”报道的那样,华盛顿州HB 2158寻求筹集10亿美元用于为州立学生投资?#25237;?#21147;教育,包括计算机科学,工程学和护理等高要求科目。

It would do so by increasing taxes on sectors that benefit the most from a highly skilled workforce.
此法案通过增加对高技能?#25237;?#21147;中受益最多的部门征税?#35789;?#29616;这一目标。

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The bill proposes hiking state business and occupation tax by 33% on tech firms that take in more than $25 billion in annual revenue.
法案提议?#38405;?#25910;入超过250亿美元的科技公司提高33%的国家商业和?#21152;?#31246;。

Then, in a section that only affects Microsoft, the bill presents a 67% business tax increase for “advanced computing businesses” that make more than $100 billion a year.
并且,该法案还提出?#38405;?#25910;入超过1000亿美元“高级计算机企业”加收67%的营业税,这是唯一一条对微软造成影响的条款。

Only two companies meet that criteria: Redmond-based Microsoft and its Seattle neighbor Amazon.
只有两家公司符合这一标准:总?#35838;?#20110;雷德蒙德的微软及其西雅图的邻居亚马逊。

The company’s embrace of the bill shouldn’t come as a surprise: Microsoft President Brad Smith doubled down on his company’s commitment to fund education in a Seattle Times op-ed last week.
不出意外,微软接受了这项法案,微软总裁布拉德史密斯上周在“西雅图时报”专栏文章中将其之前?#20449;?#30340;教育基金削减了两成。

“Let’s ask the largest companies in the tech sector, which are the largest employers of high-skilled talent, to do a bit more,” he wrote. “This means that the largest tech companies would pay somewhat more than the 1.8 percent rate.”
他写道:“纵观?#38469;?#39046;域最大的公司,它们是高科技人才最大的雇主,进一步说,这意味着这些大型科技公司的费用支出将超过1.8%。”

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翻译:阿忙