Kshama "I Wanna, I Wanna" Sawant, Seattle Socialist City Council Member
This is interesting to watch play out. Seattle real estate prices and economy are booming, in large part to companies like Amazon. But that is putting a squeeze on affordable housing. The homeless crisis in Seattle (and up and down the West Coast) is way more complex than that, but the question is will the Seattle City Council kill the golden goose over this proposed business head tax (or at least drive it outside the city limits to nearby suburbs).
Seattle could promote, through zoning changes, more affordable housing in the city. But it won't.
I predict Amazon will accelerate its search for a second headquarters. I am going to guess Atlanta or somewhere nearby in Georgia (although Amazon has its own sacred cows).
And beyond being from India, doesn't Sawant remind you of Ma Anand Sheela?
Update: Seattle City Counsel passes a compromise (smaller) head tax
Instapundit: Huh, what went wrong? and Blue Wave This Fall?ICYMI: Kshama Sawant, union front group push to ‘prosecute Amazon’ https://t.co/yShMbinmft— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) May 9, 2018
Powerline: Civil War on the Left: Minnesota Not-So-Nice
AoSHQ: National Suicide 101 and Historic
Twitchy: Vice vs. SNL (popcorn)
Prepare for fewer jobs and more homelessness. https://t.co/4CKaCchfAI— jon gabriel (@exjon) May 14, 2018
Council votes 8-1 to pass amendment changing tax proposal from $500/head to $275/head, with only Sawant voting no— Daniel Beekman (@DBeekman) May 14, 2018
Babalú Blog: As millions actually starve in Socialist Cuba and Venezuela, Socialist in the UK tweet about Capitalist starvation...Spoiler alert: The money will never reach the homeless. https://t.co/vyrhLVksDE— Rachael (@Miss_Wisconsin) May 15, 2018