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Task force recommends ‘head tax’ on some
Seattle businesses to fund help for homeless

Seattle Times, by Daniel Beckman

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Posted By:Maggie2u, 3/2/2018 11:00:41 AM

A Seattle task force is recommending the City Council adopt a $75 million-per-year “head tax” on high-grossing businesses to help address homelessness. Members of the community panel set up by the council reached consensus during their last meeting Thursday after about two months of work. The council narrowly rejected a $25 million-per-year head tax (also called an employee-hours tax) in November, instead vowing to revisit the issue and pass a tax this year after more study by the task force. Under the November proposal, the city would have taken 6.5 cents per employee, per hour, from companies grossing more than

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I posted a story about this a few weeks ago. The Seattle city council just never gives up. Earlier this week the King County council proposed a new tax on public utilities that had water, sewer pipes or power cable under streets. That´s caused a lot of uproar. They have imposed a two cent per ounce tax on sodas, a nickel tax on bullets and a $25 tax on guns. The laws they´ve passed on landlords forcing them to rent to who ever applies is ridiculous. The governor had proposed a ´carbon tax´ but thankfully, so far, it didn´t

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Dignitary Protection, 3/2/2018 11:09:16 AM     (No. 11559997)

Seattle is getting just as bad as Portland, Los Angeles & San Francisco.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Krause, 3/2/2018 11:17:34 AM     (No. 11560009)

Milk the responsible people for the irresponsibility of others.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 3/2/2018 11:28:03 AM     (No. 11560017)

I hit post before finishing my sentence. About that carbon tax, yesterday they announced there were not enough votes to get it passed. It would have been the first carbon tax in the country. But you know they will not give up and will try again next year.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Uno, 3/2/2018 11:31:04 AM     (No. 11560021)

A real indicator that they are close to running out of Other People´s Money. The Cloward-Piven Communists are rubbing their hands together getting ready to celebrate their success!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Davids918, 3/2/2018 11:36:54 AM     (No. 11560026)

They need $25 million per year?

Can´t Bill Gates just write a check? Wouldn´t it be a rounding error for him anyhow?

Or, at least $5 million from him, $5 million from Starbucks, $5 million from Amazon, $5 million from Costco.

Heck, you´re almost there!

And, with all the technology, I´d hope they are inserting the $$$ into existing programs instead of creating a whole new government department (same as adding more overhead).


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Reply 6 - Posted by: lanczos, 3/2/2018 11:39:06 AM     (No. 11560028)

A colleague of mine who had lived on the left coast for many years once told me that "The people in Portland are those who are too crazy to live in California, and the people in Seattle are those who are too nuts to live in Portland."

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Reply 7 - Posted by: SALady, 3/2/2018 12:03:14 PM     (No. 11560054)

There has to be something in the oceans that causes LIE-beral insanity in coastal areas of this country.

Seriously, some sort of gas in the air, or something in the water, that causes serious brain shrinkage where ideas totally destructive to the local economies and businesses just keep getting added.

I guess the LIE-berals in Seattle won´t be happy until all the sane businesses shut down and it just becomes one big hippy commune!!!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 3/2/2018 12:11:08 PM     (No. 11560070)

I plan a road trip in Washington state this fall. The loony, loopy laws in that state make spending any of my money there a difficult decision. However, I shall steadfastly avoid setting foot in Seattle... just as I would avoid stepping in dog poop on the sidewalk.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: luandir, 3/2/2018 12:27:00 PM     (No. 11560099)

Forcing the productive to fund the parasites.

Has anyone estimated how many businesses will leave, vs. how many Homeless will be attracted by the shiny new "services," and how long it will take before the entire city is a homeless camp?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: belwhatter, 3/2/2018 12:33:30 PM     (No. 11560117)

#8, this is the crying shame, our state is well worth visiting for its variety of natural beauty, mountains, lakes,wineries, the Columbia river gorge, rugged coastline,and the San Juan islands, state parks etc. Avoid population hubs unless you crave city night life entertainment and democrat tomfoolery.You will be warmly welcomed

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 3/2/2018 12:35:21 PM     (No. 11560122)

I thought taxing human heads was unconstitutional. Oh, well. Communists had to start this sooner or later. Good thing they are recommending taxing heads and not brains. I bet the heads with brains they might collect are rare in that territory.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Caveman, 3/2/2018 12:56:11 PM     (No. 11560161)

Why don´t they just force those companies to hire the homeless. Kill two birds with one stone.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: strike3, 3/2/2018 2:03:20 PM     (No. 11560228)

FTA: At the same time, the task force also is stressing “an urgent need for fiscal discipline” at City Hall,

This is the most hilarious statement in the entire article. When has a government ever in history performed cost-cutting at the very moment they imposed a huge tax increase?

Brilliant idea, drive your best businesses out by unfairly looking at how much money they make and taking it to finance something as useless as a homeless population. These people are stone cold stupid.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ida lou pino, 3/2/2018 2:12:45 PM     (No. 11560240)

Come to think of it - - there were a lot of businesses which funded me - - helped me to enjoy living in a beautiful house and have a comfortable lifestyle.

Of course - - the reason they "funded" me was because I worked my tail off to help make them successful. They called their funding of my lifestyle a paycheck.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: 100percenttexan, 3/2/2018 2:19:19 PM     (No. 11560249)

The easiest way for Seattle to solve their homeless problem is to give each homeless person an non-refundable one way bus ticket to San Francisco or L.A.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Ribald1, 3/2/2018 3:34:25 PM     (No. 11560312)

I thought Seattle ended the homeless problem a few years back.
There are no more homeless, there are just urban campers. You know, like a Boy Scout outing only downtown surrounded by trash and feces and drug needles.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Captain Howdy, 3/2/2018 4:11:22 PM     (No. 11560335)

Born and raised in Seattle, got out 45 years ago. It´s not the same place I grew up in. If
it wasn´t for some family, I would hope that the cascadia fault gave way and the mother of all tsunamis would visit my old hometown.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Emmajustin, 3/2/2018 4:47:45 PM     (No. 11560356)

Living outside of insane Portland, this article is not a surprise.I think these counsel folks sit in posh rooms sipping lattes and spit ball ideas to fund cow fart research, homeless improvement and punish white, Christian hard working families.

Portland recently proposed that nice neighborhoods add small boxes in their backyards to house drug dealing gang and homeless.
Just let that sink in---purposely bring filth into clean society with families and small kids.
Portlandias thought it was a brilliant idea.
God help us all.


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Reply 19 - Posted by: citizen, 3/2/2018 4:49:39 PM     (No. 11560357)

Head tax..toe tax..tax tax. LiberaLand.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 3/2/2018 5:48:18 PM     (No. 11560408)

"Tax the rich, feed the poor
Till there are no
Rich no more"

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Reply 21 - Posted by: oldsfc, 3/2/2018 6:30:43 PM     (No. 11560445)

Like it, #20.

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