Starbucks and Amazon will not help homeless

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Abiqua, May 29, 2018.

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    Abiqua

    Abiqua Well-Known Member

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-apos-questions-apos-growth-085906697.html





    So, at the end of April, the Seattle City Council released draft legislation that would force companies with revenues of over $20 million in the city to pay 26 cents for each hour worked by a Seattle-based employee, or roughly $540 per head per year. This “head tax” was to apply over 2019 and 2020, generating $86 million a year for social programs, before turning into a 0.7% payroll tax. (The annual proceeds of the tax were originally calculated at $75 million before the council revised its estimates.)

    However, with Mayor Jenny Durkan threatening to veto the tax because she was concerned about its impact on employment, the measure had to be watered down to pass.


    “This legislation will help us address our homelessness crisis without jeopardizing critical jobs. Because this ordinance represents a true shared solution, and because it lifts up those who have been left behind while also ensuring accountability and transparency, I plan to sign this legislation into law,” said Durkan.

    Three-fifths of the money raised will go to building new, affordable housing, while the rest will fund emergency services for the homeless.
     
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    captainmorgan

    captainmorgan Well-Known Member

    They have stockholders to worry about,not the dirty poor. It's the new world we live in, I seem to remember a video of two Kardashian sisters driving around Miami making fun of the homeless.
     
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    Chunky Stool

    Chunky Stool Well-Known Member

    Hmm... looks like someone doesn't understand the difference between revenue and net profit. :roll:

    Why would you punish businesses for bringing money into the region?
    That's just dumb.
     
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    Fogdog

    Fogdog Well-Known Member

    Seattle's city council meetings have become must see reality TV.

    Housing the homeless.

    Sounds better than leaving them on the streets, doesn't it? What's the best way to pay for it?
     
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    Chunky Stool

    Chunky Stool Well-Known Member

    You could volunteer to let them camp in your back yard... :roll:
     
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    UncleBuck

    UncleBuck Well-Known Member

    that doesn't sound as practical as the other, better solutions that exist out there.
     
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    Chunky Stool

    Chunky Stool Well-Known Member

    Oh good, problem solved.

    Who gets to pay for it?
     
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    UncleBuck

    UncleBuck Well-Known Member

    there's a number of different ways to fund any proposal.
     
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    Chunky Stool

    Chunky Stool Well-Known Member

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    Fogdog

    Fogdog Well-Known Member

    I would if every person could get housed or if every home owner with a back yard gave space freely.

    Seriously, homeless people are a problem for the store owners and people who live in the city. Just ignoring it makes the problems worse. Seattle is taking on the problem. Where is the money going to come from? What would you have done?
     
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    Chunky Stool

    Chunky Stool Well-Known Member

    Why don't you want them in your back yard?

    I'm sure nothing bad would happen, and they would treat your property with care and respect. (:
     
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    Fogdog

    Fogdog Well-Known Member

     
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    Chunky Stool

    Chunky Stool Well-Known Member

    So to sum it up, you would help if everyone else was compelled to do the same? :clap:

    Every little bit helps and you could have a direct impact by making your property a homeless hostel.
    What the fuck is wrong with you?
    Don't you want to help?
     
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    UncleBuck

    UncleBuck Well-Known Member

    i think that's against all zoning codes
     
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    Fogdog

    Fogdog Well-Known Member

    Not sure why this topic upsets you so much.

    First, Seattle is a city and people don't have back yards, they have PARKS. They are sharing these parks with homeless people already. The question Seattle faces is what to do? Cities like San Diego ignored the problem and an epidemic of hepatitis A was the result.

    Second, I already said I would be willing to share my yard if doing so were going to solve the problem. Clearly my yard isn't enough. Also, what I said:

    If by donating my yard, I could solve the housing problem for all homeless people in the US, I do so in a heartbeat.
     
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    Chunky Stool

    Chunky Stool Well-Known Member

    Homeless people don't concern themselves with zoning codes -- but your neighbors might. :wink:
     
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    UncleBuck

    UncleBuck Well-Known Member

    that was not the case i noticed when i was in portland
     
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    Chunky Stool

    Chunky Stool Well-Known Member

    Donating your yard would help the homeless.
    You don't dispute this.

    Why don't you want to help?
    I'm sure nothing bad would happen.

    "Someone should help, but not me -- unless it will fix the problem forever." :dunce:

    This is actually kind of fun...
     
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    Chunky Stool

    Chunky Stool Well-Known Member

    Have you visited homeless camps right after they've been abandoned?

    Why don't you help the city out a little and volunteer for a hazmat team... :roll:
     
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    Fogdog

    Fogdog Well-Known Member

    What would you suggest Seattle do to solve the problems caused by the homeless population living there?
     

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