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Seattle Council Members’ Tax Plan Targets Top 5 Percent
SEATTLE (AP) — A couple of Seattle City Council members have gained the blessing of Mayor Ed Murray on a draft ordinance to impose a citywide income tax.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports Kshama Sawant and Lisa Herbold on Monday rolled out their proposal to put a 2 percent tax on income mo…
Some Balk as Seattle Seeks to Spend More Money on Homeless
SEATTLE (AP) — Sixteen months after he declared a state of emergency on homelessness, the mayor of Seattle is asking voters in this liberal, affluent city for $55 million a year in new taxes to fight the problem.
In making his case, Mayor Ed Murray says the problem has grown exponentially, and …
Seattle Mayor Urges Support for Proposed Homelessness Levy
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has revealed details of a proposed property-tax levy to raise $275 million over five years to fight homelessness.
Murray said at a news conference Wednesday that the plan focuses on housing with more than two-thirds of the money would provide short-, mediu…
Former NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal Says She Can’t Find Job
The former Spokane, Washington, NAACP leader who resigned in 2015 amid criticism that she was passing herself off as black says she is near homelessness.
Rachel Dolezal tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper that she cannot find a job and the only work she has been offered is in reality TV and p…
Gov. Inslee Says Education is the Focus This Session
OLYMPIA (AP) — In his inaugural address, Gov. Jay Inslee says that lawmakers must fulfill their top priority of fully paying for the state's basic education.
Inslee told a joint session of the Legislature Tuesday that while several other issues are also important, such as the mental health…
Bill Bryant Raps Seattle Homeless Measure
SEATTLE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant has responded into the ongoing debate about homelessness in Seattle, saying he would withhold state homeless funding for cities that allowed camping in parks and on sidewalks.
The Seattle Times reports that Bryant criticized a measure bein…
Seattle Mayor to Announce New Homeless Strategy
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray plans to use the release this week of two reports by homelessness consultants as a springboard to announce a new, long-term strategy to address the problem.
The mayor and King County Executive Dow Constantine proclaimed states of emergency last November to…
House Passes Supplemental Budget Proposal
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The full House in Washington has passed the Democratic supplemental budget proposal, part of which seeks money to reduce homelessness and raise the state's portion of the lowest starting salary for public school teachers to $40,000 a year.
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