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A short while ago, the city council of Seattle unanimously passed an “employee hours tax,” more commonly called a “head tax” on businesses with $20 million of gross income earned in Seattle. The tax was intended to pay for more “services for the homeless” whose plight were supposedly caused by all those disgusting, high-paying jobs […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The New Battle in Seattle: Don’t Blame Amazon for the City’s Housing Woes

 

Seattle has decided to be a last-minute entrant into the competition for Amazon’s HQ2. But while most cities — such as Boston and Washington — are trying to land the retailing giant’s second headquarters, Seattle is doing its best to make Amazon reconsider the importance of its current home base. The company “will continue to evaluate its long-term plans for Seattle after the City Council passed a bill to tax large businesses to fund homelessness services,” according to the Seattle Times. Recall that when a larger tax was being considered, Amazon had halted planning one new office building and was considering subleasing the office space on another that’s under construction.

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“What people in New England who hate Trump are really saying is ‘I make over $100 grand a year and I have a graduate degree.'”

So says Fox News host Tucker Carlson in this bonus edition of the Behind The Blue Wall podcast. He also talks about his family’s connections to Maine, the bizarre story of the book-banning “bookstore,” and why you’ll never hear the phrase “I can’t believe you said that” from him.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching Democrats publicly feud over how prominent the impeachment issue should be in 2018. They also shake their heads as the Seattle City Council tries to fight homelessness by taxing companies $275 for every employee if the business makes more than $20 million per year. They fire back as Never Trump “Republican” Steve Schmidt says Trump’s decision to embassy is only a calculation for the midterm elections and that the president has blood on his hands from the violence along the Israel-Gaza border. And Jim offers a champagne toast to mark the passing of prolific author and National Review friend Tom Wolfe.

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A few hardy souls marched in downtown Seattle, protesting Amazon. I wonder how many of them have Prime Memberships? http://komonews.com/news/local/rally-march-to-protest-amazon-set-to-begin More

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On first inspection, Seattle is and ought to be the envy of the rest of the United States. In 2017, its population stood at about 713,000 people and was growing at 3.1 percent per year, the fastest growth rate of any US city. Its economic revival has been driven by an influx of new software, technology, and internet companies. Among the major corporations headquartered there are Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Weyerhaeuser.

But all is not well in Seattle, which is now riven by deep political divisions over what to do about the problem of homelessness. Right now, about 8,000 people within the city limits are homeless, and the city saw 169 homeless deaths in 2017. The progressive leadership within the City Council has introduced or adopted a number of measures to address this issue that are sure to backfire. The first is a special head tax on employment; the second is an ordinance that forbids landlords from inquiring into the criminal records of prospective tenants; and the third is a steep increase in the city’s minimum wage. But the real problem is that sixty-nine percent of Seattle is zoned only for single-family homes, which means there is a sharp division between where wealthy elites live and where lower-income and less-educated people are congregated. The progressive city council has maintained these barriers, with profound social consequences.

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I just posted this over at RushBabe49.com. The City Council of Seattle is about to approve a ‘head tax” for large businesses in Seattle, over which they have had some opposition. But the Big Gun sounded off this afternoon, and I applaud them. Our KOMO News has been doing a great job with their reporting. […]

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Several years ago, Vancouver BC created safe injection sites, supervised by medical personnel, so IV drug users could come out of the alleys, and prevent public drug use and overdoses. Two years ago, Seattle authorized two sites, one in Seattle and one in a suburban area. As of today, no sites have been approved or […]

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Where have we heard this before? Mayor Durkan hasn’t even held office for 6 months yet, and has proposed a new, larger, property tax levy. This is copied from the KOMO-Seattle Web site. Mayor Durkan proposes education levy to expand preschool program, access to college by KOMO Staff More

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This story continues with some reactions from the community. First part is here. Sometimes, at community events with constituents, Seattle City Councilmemberperson Mo will bring up the idea of trolling downtown streets. More

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I couldn’t resist passing on this news item, inspired by Seattle Times staff reporter David Gutman. Seattle will develop a plan to troll city roadways as part of its efforts to reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse-gas emissions, Mayor said Tuesday. More

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Back in January I wrote this post about trying to put together a Ricochet Meetup in Seattle or thereabouts. Now that we have an actual plan I reckoned that I ought to write a fresh post so someone doesn’t have to read three pages of comments to get the latest (final?) iteration of the plan. […]

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This is a quote from an article on the KOMO News Web site, regarding homelessness in Seattle: The City has six sanctioned homeless camps. Organizers say 843 people were housed throughout the camps last year, with one in 10 finding employment and one in six moving into permanent housing. More

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King County targeted in Justice Department crackdown on sanctuary cities. I will be interested to see how “Smack-Daddy” Dow Constantine (King County Executive) tries to weasel out of this. That nickname was given to him by local talk-show host (and sometime sub for Rush Limbaugh), Todd Herman, in recognition of the county’s attempt to institute […]

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I’m going to visit some family members in Seattle this summer and knowing that there are Ricochet members galore out there, I reckon we ought to have a Ricochet Meetup. I’ve consulted a few Ricochetti already and we figure Saturday, June 30th will be the day. We’re also thinking that instead of the usual evening-only […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Oof. Seattle Sugar Tax Raises Soda Prices by 75 Percent

 

Seattle residents started the new year with a bad case of sticker shock followed by a sugar crash. A new tax of 1.75 cents per ounce was added to all sweetened beverages sold in the city. The move had public support in June when it was passed 7-1 by the Seattle City Council, but images of regret have been hitting social media as the bill came due Monday.

The prices at an area Costco showed that the tax increases the price of Gatorade by 65 percent and Dr Pepper by 75 percent. To avoid complaints from outraged customers, the discount chain posted an explanation of the steep price increase.

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A tragic train wreck in Seattle, while the GOP Congress appears to be avoiding one of their own on today’s tax bill vote.

Why are liberals obsessed with spending billions of tax dollars on the cutting edge technology of the 19th century?

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Teddy Fischer of Mercer Island High School near Seattle (Photo: KING 5/Tegna)

Back in May, the Washington Post published a picture of Keith Schiller, President Trump’s pre-Secret Service body guard with a Post-It note stuck on a stack of papers. Clear as day on that little slip of paper was Defense Secretary James Mattis’ cell phone number. The Post pulled the picture when notified but not before quite a few people called and filled up the SecDef’s voice mail.

One of the messages Mattis did not delete came from Teddy Fischer, a sophomore at Mercer Island High School near Seattle. The Seattle Times explains:

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Shift WA observes that environmentalist groups have been exceptionally quiet since a city water treatment plant flooded on Feb. 9, resulting in “one of the biggest infrastructure catastrophes in regional history.” After three months of polluting Puget Sound, West Point Treatment Plant is back to normal operations. They are finally in compliance with state and federal regulations […]

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Ed: Everyone, I have deleted the video link wherever it was found, and deleted the original video. I need to re-do it so I can get the audio. Sorry for the confusion, but it’s not my day job! I really can’t add much to @larrykoler’s narrative. Herewith, some still pictures, and a link to the […]

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