On November 2, 2015, Seattle’s leftist government declared a homelessness emergency as a way to free up funds to help get the homeless off the streets and prevent others from becoming homeless. Three years and millions of dollars later, the problem is worse than ever.
Homelessness is up 21% since the emergency was declared.
The head tax, which aimed to raise millions more, failed in spectacular fashion.
But that hasn’t stopped Seattle City Council members from pitching new ideas in this budget cycle. Kshama Sawant wants a new tax on big business to build affordable housing. Teresa Mosqueda is looking for a line item to create a new $3 million tent. And Mike O’Brien is looking for some seed money for a pilot program for some modular housing which can be trucked in on trailers, and established in parking lots.
Stop taxing and spending so much. Stop hurting people with higher minimum wage that forces businesses to cut hours or even shut down. Stop pretending that leftist fiscal irresponsibility will somehow keep people off the streets.