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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Diane Wilson
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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.

japoa
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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 !

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

japoa
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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 ?

K. Chris C.
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K. Chris C.

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… Read more »

K. Chris C.
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K. Chris C.

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.

CP
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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… Read more »

stlonginus
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Let us revisit Nick Hanauer. He’s a sodomite gun grabber (pun intended).
https://www.henrymakow.com/2014/07/to-my-fellow-billionaires.html

chemtrailssuck
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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.