From the "Spokane Chronicle."
October 21, 1935
Suit to enjoin the state tax commission from collecting the business and occupation tax on his contract to build a railroad from Odair, on the Northern Pacific near Coulee City to the Grand Coulee dam, was filed in superior court in Olympia today by David H. Ryan.
He charges the state has no right to collect a tax on a contract let by the federal government. No hearing date was set.
The suit is the second of its kind to have been brought in superior court here, the other being an action filed by the Mason-Walsh-Atkinson-Kerr company to prevent the state from collecting the tax on the company's $29,000,000 contract to build the Coulee Dam.