San Francisco Wants To Fix Homeless Problem With More Taxes
Article from The Daily Wire by Emily Zanotti.
It may cost millions for San Francisco to address its massive homeless problem, and the city, famous for having some of the highest rents in the country, has only one idea on how to make up the shortfall: raise taxes.
The tax, which will likely be on the ballot as San Francisco’s “Proposition 9” is a so-called “head tax” that charges businesses, operating within a city’s limits, a “per-employee” charge to help cover some of the city’s expenses.
The money, in San Francisco’s case, would go towards covering the cost of clearing poop from the city’s streets, shutting down a massive “open air drug market” that’s popped up in the city’s “Tenderloin” neighborhood, and housing homeless individuals.
Seattle famously passed a similar “head tax” measure earlier this year, and then promptly repealed it after big corporations, like Amazon, pointed out that the city was punishing businesses with a policy that had no marked effect on curbing homelessness. Although Seattle has dramatically increased spending on the issue in recent years, homelessness in Seattle has only increased.
Read the entire article at The Daily Wire.
Perhaps San Fran should set up bicycle electric generator stations that spit out a dollar every time one of the homeless produces a dollar worth of electricity. This would work better than causing it’s tax base to flee.
Taxation without representation is unfair to the businesses that already pay more than their fair share.