Seattle Taxes Taxation To Another Level
Article from The Daily Wire by Ben Shapiro.
One week after passing a head tax on major businesses located in Seattle, including Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks, the Seattle City Council is now considering an enormous property tax on the people who work at those businesses. According to Q13 FOX, King County homeowners already saw a bump of 17 percent in their property taxes in 2017, but City Council members want property taxes increased even more:
‘Council members Lorena Gonzalez and Rob Johnson are sponsoring the measure, which states the council wants to lift the limit on regular property taxes in order to levy additional taxes… In 2014, Seattle voters approved a $58 million levy allowing low-income kids to go to preschool for free. Since 2015, the city says the program has allowed affordable or free preschool to 850 families. Now the city wants to send hundreds more to preschool. Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Office is also pushing to send high school graduates to community college for free.’
The homelessness problem in Seattle has continued to snowball (as John Stossel and Maxim Lott point out at Reason.com, Seattle’s building code is 745 pages, and the residential building code is another 685 pages); the Seattle City Council has focused far more on “road diets” – narrowing roads via bike lanes – than on the quality of traffic; King County has spent billions on useless light rail. But now they want to bust homeowners’ wallets again – after instituting a $15 minimum wage and a head tax.
This is how Leftist governance destroys thriving major cities. First, you create building codes. That raises rents. Then you increase minimum wage to compensate. That drives out small businesses. Then you tax the big businesses to compensate. So they leave. Then you tax homeowners to compensate. So they leave. Eventually, bad governance based on good intentions crushes growth. But so long as members of the Seattle City Council feel good about themselves, that’s what truly matters.
Read the entire article at The Daily Wire.
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When all the Employers and all the people leave, Seattle might become a good place to live! 😉
Let the IDIOTS keep voting for Democrats. That’s what they get. And the home owners NEED to just move out of the city and let the Demon Rats have it. Maybe one day Liberals will wake up and learn the Democrats keep lying to them. You don’t get ANYTHING for free. And it’s NOT going to be them.
Amen to that however back in the early sixty Dems were for the people, now seems for other country’s agenda’s.
I hope that the Mayor see’s this site, after I had sent her a message about what the city Council is doing to my beloved city of Seattle, with my family starting their back in 1883. Wake up Seattle don’t become a third world type of city.