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Should Seattle pass a big-business tax to pay for homelessness and affordable housing services?
Seattle should pass a big-business tax to pay for homelessness and affordable housing services.
Without a state income tax or capital gains tax, this is Seattle's last best option to raise revenue.
Big-business would be more involved with the people, hence decreasing stigma and increasing inclusiveness.
Large businesses are directly responsible for Seattle's housing affordability and homelessness crises and should be required to pay to fix them.
Large businesses such as Amazon are making so much profit that the proposed tax will have no meaningful impact on their bottom lines.
Big business might move out of Seattle as a result of special taxation.
Large businesses such as Amazon are already doing enough to contribute to housing issues, for example, by supporting Mary's Place.
The city already has enough money for homelessness issues, but it isn't spending the money wisely.
There is no housing or homelessness crisis in Seattle.
It is not the city government's role to fix the homelessness and affordability issues; that should be done by local communities and philanthropies.
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