by Brian Flagg
In case you missed it, the Daily Star had a story entitled ‘Seattle Backs Tax on Companies to Help Homeless’ (Tuesday, May 15, 2018).
City Council Members look on as members of the public speak at a Seattle City Council meeting where the council was expected to vote on a “Head Tax” Monday, May 14, 2018 in Seattle. the council is to vote on a proposal to tax large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness. The plan would tax large businesses about $500 a year per worker to raise about $75 million a year for homeless services and affordable housing. (AP photo/Elaine Thompson)
It tells how their City Council on Monday unanimously approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fund the fight against homelessness after weeks of heated debate and raucous hearings. They will charge large businesses about $275 per full-time worker each year, lower than the $500 initially proposed. It will raise about $48 million a year to pay for affordable housing and homeless services.
Both Seattle and Tucson are filled with progressive voters.
The difference is that the elected officials in Seattle really support the interests and needs of the majority of their voters.
In Tucson the Democrats on the City Council march lock-step with the Mayor in his quest to do endless taxpayer giveaways (AKA incentives) to his developer buddies, with the end-product being the gentrification of downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.
Recent stories in the Star have documented how rents have skyrocketed downtown and how it is now impossible to purchase a downtown home for less than $350,000.
It’s time for us in Tucson to promote and elect some forward looking candidates who will represent a progressive agenda, one that aggressively fights poverty with meaningful amounts of public investment.
¿PUEDE SEATTLE REALMENTE TENER MUCHO MAS PROGRESO QUE TUCSON?
por Brian Flagg
¡Pienso que no!
Mi sueño y mi mete es que los politicos de Tucson sean como los politicos de Seattle.
Pienso que si es posible porque los votantes de los dos lugares son similares.
Esta semana los politicos de Seattle votaron para cobrar impuestos a compañías grandes como Amazon y Starbucks, para obtener dinero para viviendas para los pobres y también servicios para los homeless.
Los politicos en Seattle tienen corazón y están luchando por los derechos de toda su gente.
Aquí, nuestros politicos hablan como si tuvieran amor para los pobres pero ellos usan el dinero para recompensar a sus amigos ricos, especialmente en el downtown.
Ahora es mucho mas caro rentar o comprar una casa en el downtown.
Necesitamos encontrar candidatos nuevos en Tucson que van a apoyar a toda la gente.
One thought on “CAN SEATTLE REALLY BE THAT MUCH MORE PROGRESSIVE THAN TUCSON? // ¿PUEDE SEATTLE REALMENTE TENER MUCHO MAS PROGRESO QUE TUCSON?”
Good information, Brian. Thanks for being a voice for the voiceless in Tucson.