Seattle’s soaring technology industry is the target of the liberal city’s newest tax scheme, with local officials planning to impose a hefty tariff to help the region’s exploding homeless population.
According to Fox News, the Seattle City Council is poised to levy a 26 cents tax on every hour worked within the city limits for specific businesses; hoping to raise over $75 million per year to “address the growing homeless problem.”
“The city is going to make us choose between taking care of our employees and giving back to our community,” said a local business owner, “and some businesses will die or leave Seattle because of this.”
“You start creating a scenario where it’s much more attractive to house employees outside the city,” said HomeStreet CEO Mark Mason. “That is bad for the city, it’s bad for jobs, it’s bad for the economy.”
City officials claim the funds will go directly towards permanent shelters for the homeless population, which has grown by a whopping 20% since 2016.
“Housing and homelessness is absolutely a regional crises and we need to act with urgency right here in Seattle to get folks inside,” said Seattle City Council member Teresa Mosqueda. “This creates almost 200 deeply affordable homes.”
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WEST COAST CHAOS: Governor REFUSES to Send National Guard to Border
The Governor of Oregon flat-out refused to send her National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border Thursday, saying she would simply “say no” if President Trump asked to deploy troops stationed in her state.
Democratic Oregon Governor Kate Brown publicly bucked the Trump administration’s recent announcement that the White House plans to deploy the US National Guard to the southern border; saying the troops will remain until “proper” security could be enforced.
“If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no. As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border,” she posted on social media.
“There’s been no outreach by the President or federal officials, and I have no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to distract from his troubles in Washington,” she added.
There’s been no outreach by the President or federal officials, and I have no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to distract from his troubles in Washington.
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) April 4, 2018
WEST COAST CHAOS: Homeless Create ‘MAKESHIFT MANSIONS’ in Seattle
Homeless residents in Seattle, Washington bragged about creating a “makeshift mansion” in the shadow of the city’s famed Space Needle attraction; saying “If you can live on the street and not pay rent, then why would you pay rent?”
According to Fox News, a new “mega tent city” is growing directly underneath the region’s signature tourist attraction; surrounded by exclusive condominiums and apartments occupied by the city’s richest residents.
It is a form of protest,” said one of the “makeshift mansion” inhabitants. “We’re staking a claim. We’re refusing to cower in our tents.”
“We’ve got the doors, the couch, the table,” she added. “We’ve got the living room here, which is a mess right now because we’re still constructing, but we’re putting up the vinyl to cover it up, make it more attractive.”
A spokesperson for the city government said they have no plans -as of yet- to remove the tent city, but are trying to convince residents to “move elsewhere.”