Superwealthy entrepreneur Nick Hanauer decides to ‘go all out’ with property-tax levy campaign to fight Seattle homelessness

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A couple things to know about Nick Hanauer:

From Seattle Times: In his State of the City address, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced last week he would ask voters to approve a $275 million property-tax levy to combat homelessness. Murray cast the plan as his own, saying the city must double its homeless spending. Superwealthy entrepreneur Nick Hanauer, Murray explained, would help draw up the details.
Why Hanauer? The venture capitalist says his Seattle-based think tank brought the idea to Murray and has been working on it for the last year. “We just decided we were going to do something, and no one can stop that. And once that bus leaves the station, people can get on or get run over,” Hanauer said in an interview.
In recent years, Hanauer has backed winning campaigns to increase the state’s minimum wage and expand background-check requirements for gun buyers.
Now he has set his sights on helping the thousands of people who are struggling to survive on the streets of Seattle. “We came to the mayor and said, ‘We are throwing down on homelessness,’ ” he said. “We said, ‘We are going to take something big to the ballot.’ ”
The mayor was receptive, said Hanauer, who called the project a collaboration between his organization and City Hall. “Mayor Murray is a friend of mine, and it’s all connected,” Hanauer said. “This is not a secret plot. It’s a group of citizen activists and leaders thinking about what to do.”
The plan is to qualify the levy for the August ballot as a citizens’ initiative rather than as a city proposition by the mayor and council. The campaign would need to collect at least 20,638 valid voter signatures to do that. The measure would raise $275 million in property taxes over five years.
Hanauer says he’ll bankroll the levy campaign. “The thing that makes our contribution great is I can throw down and say I’m going to run an initiative. I can go all out,” he said.
I’m going to donate enough money to that campaign to make sure that we would win. It’s so far below the amount of money that I care about that,” Hanauer added. “It’s not a statewide campaign, so it’s not going to cost $10 million.”
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0 responses to “Superwealthy entrepreneur Nick Hanauer decides to ‘go all out’ with property-tax levy campaign to fight Seattle homelessness

  1. I do hope the voters are smart enough to vote this down. If this guy has so much money he can fund the proposition on his own.

  2. Here’s a tip for the residents of Seattle , flee the idiocy . Or , to the limp wristed mayor of Seattle …….If you want to negate the homeless problem , hand a sign out on your city limits : NO BUMS , VAGRANTS , or ILLEGALS ALLOWED . Hell of a lot cheaper !

  3. Another rich liberal– whatever they want and other people pay for it.

  4. Hey Nick , you want others to pay for your liberal ideas , here’s an idea ! Take a family inside your huge house . Lead by example . Pretty easy to be compassionate with other peoples money , but that is the liberal way , isn’t it ?

  5. Yeah, it’s in there.
    Protocols 6:4 “The aristocracy (middle-class) of the Goyim as a political force, is dead – We need not take it into account; but as landed proprietors they can still be harmful to us from the fact that they are self-sufficing in the resources upon which they live. It is essential therefore for us at whatever cost to deprive them of their land. This object will be best attained by increasing the burdens upon landed property – in loading lands with debts. These measures will check land-holding and keep it in a state of humble and unconditional submission.”
    An American citizen, not US subject.

  6. Another of the 1.73% (One-point-seventy-three percent) dictating a desire to steal more wealth from we Americans that may then pass through their hands with a promise that a little will trickle down to those Americans they have impoverished and dispossessed with their fiat-money grift-machine.
    “I’ll take a pass on the Kool-Aid.”
    An American citizen, not US subject.

  7. As I read the Seattle Times early this week, I was struck by two articles that more or less tell the story of where Seattle is headed. The first was a story of millennials looking for other places to live due to the high cost of living in the city, the second, a story on millionaire investor Nick Hanauer’s plans to fund a campaign to raise property taxes to address the homeless crisis.
    While I appreciate a wealthy person from the Highlands caring about the homeless issue in Seattle, I thought it strange that the goal was for him to single-handedly fund a campaign to get other people to pay a tax that he will not.
    I also thought it strange that nobody ever seems to make the connection between ever-increasing property taxes, housing affordability and middle-class families being priced out of Seattle. That’s particularly odd because all of the families I know, who send their kids to Seattle Public Schools, talk about it all the time — and they don’t understand how city leaders talk about how much they care about middle-class families and working people while making it harder on them to stay in Seattle.
    Right after those stories, Times columnist Danny Westneat detailed how older apartment buildings in Seattle are getting property tax sticker shock from increases of as much as $750 more per unit for the year. Landlords who have kept rents stable over time are forced to increase rents, driving more people out of the city. The people who will be hurt the most – the elderly, low income and all those on fixed incomes – are the ones city hall always says it wants to help. How is this helping?
    Hanauer is clearly somebody who doesn’t worry about the rising cost of living. He tells the Times: “I’m going to donate enough money to that campaign to make sure that we would win. It’s so far below the amount of money that I care about that.” Wow, he can really relate to the average homeowner worried about how they’re going to get their kid through college — or when, if ever, they can retire? Oh, well, it’s only money!
    Hanauer’s comments make it easy to see how little regard he has for those who may disagree with him. He tells the reporters that once the bus gets going (presumably his bus) our only choice is to “get on or get run over.” It’s almost as though the wealthy in our society have lately decided to drop all pretense about exercising their monetary power over our public institutions. But at least it’s out in the open now.
    It’s also remarkable that someone who talks so much about getting big money out of politics is threatening to self-fund a city ballot measure campaign to beat down anyone who questions his strategy for helping to reduce homelessness in our community.
    But just because money is no object to some, it doesn’t mean accountability should go out the window. We need to ask hard questions and respect how our government spends people’s tax dollars. The lack of respect and concern about accountability in our city, as personified by Hanauer’s comments, is truly mind-boggling and insulting.
    Seattle now spends about $60 million per year on homelessness. We have the third highest number of homeless people on our streets behind only New York and Los Angeles. Our general population size ranks 20th in the U.S. What are we accomplishing? Will doubling the money we currently spend do any better? Where is the plan for this extra money? These are questions that must be asked — and a glitzy multi-million dollar campaign doesn’t change the fundamental facts that they have not been answered. Shouldn’t we first make sure reforms get results before we put even more economic pressure on people struggling to make a go of it here?
    The proposed $290 million levy would add about $55 million per year. Unfortunately, as best anyone can tell, the current spending has a rather lackluster history in terms of results.
    One has to ask: Do we have more of a policy and political problem than one of resources? And does pouring more money into a bad system really do anyone any good? [Continued Below…]
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    • CP . . . . . Your written contribution was nothing short of fabulous! It certainly does detail the inherent problems involved in the way Seattle deals with problems. Thank you.

      • DCG . . . Thanks for bringing us this great article!

      • Thank you for your kind words I really appreciate it!

        • CP, you stated:
          “The lack of respect and concern about accountability in our city, as personified by Hanauer’s comments, is truly mind-boggling and insulting.”
          What makes you think he cares?
          CP, yours is a cogent argument unless and until you comprehend that Hanauer and those who think like him and who are part of that club do not view you as a fellow human. You are a human resource. And you have been living far too well, for far too long. You are meant to live, only if, and for as long as they decide you are to live and in the manner in which they deem appropriate.
          If that means you shall be dispossessed of your 2,000 sq. home and into a ‘tiny house’ for the next few decades, well then, you shall learn that is the ‘new normal’ and you may forget the past and possibly learn to like it. And if that means you shall live in a 500 sq. apartment, you shall learn to live with it and and learn to like it. Your progeny almost certainly will, since memories have ‘grown’ awfully short and history, as Napoleon Bonaparte supposedly said: “History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.” What Napoleon left out is that when he used the word “people” he didn’t me you or me.

    • The mark of a brain dead person is when they open their gaping maw and utter, “we need more taxes…”.
      And then they wonder why working people are fleeing.

  8. Let us revisit Nick Hanauer. He’s a sodomite gun grabber (pun intended).

  9. Why doesn’t this sick F-er take that 200 million out of his OWN pocket (and then use it as a ‘charitable tax deduction’?
    If anything, making poor homeowners pay even MORE for property that they “RENT” from the state would make even MORE people homeless!
    All those California candy-brains moving out of state isn’t good for other states, apparently.
    Why don’t they use some of the ‘weed’ money to help the homeless??
    What a joke. More taxes NEVER WORK.


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