‘No Tax on Jobs’ coalition pushing for referendum to repeal head tax

The grandson of the founder of Dick’s Drive-in is helping spearhead a new effort to bring a referendum to the ballot that aims to overturn the city’s new head tax.

Saul Spady, who runs a Seattle ad agency, is working with the new “No Tax on Jobs” coalition to gather 17,632 signatures by June 12th to qualify the referendum for the August ballot. Spady’s sister, Jasmine Donovan, is an executive at Dick’s Drive-in who co-wrote an editorial in the Seattle Times early this month that proposed an alternative to the head tax.

In addition to Spady, the coalition lists its officers as PushPay’s James Maiocco and Phillip Lloyd, a downtown accountant. Spady told Geekwire that his goal is to first repeal the head tax, then create a ballot initiative with alternative solutions to reduce homelessness.

The No Tax on Jobs website says the petition can be signed at 2211 Elliott Ave., Suite 200., however a story in The Stranger on Friday indicated that the petition language was still be worked out.

We’ll keep you updated.


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Woke WIlliam
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We tax sugar to reduce sugar consumption!

We tax jobs to …. err, whatevs.

NAZIS!

guesty
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guesty

lets face it – if this is repealed the council swine will take it out on the citizens and force an “emergency” property tax or maybe just start confiscating property from hardworking homeowners and redistribute it to the poor unlucky homeless…

elenchos
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elenchos

But what if the voters hand you your ass? What if this repeal gets the kind of drubbing typical of a Safe Seattle candidate? Could we finally have a teachable moment?

Public Intellectual
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Public Intellectual

“But what if the voters hand you your ass?”

Like Walter Mondale in 1984? I remember that well!

elenchos
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elenchos

I’ll take that as a “no, I won’t learn a thing”. Reaching back 34 years, skipping over such recent object lessons as Scott Lindsay , Harvey Lever, or Catherine Weatbrook tells me someone remembers what they want to remember and learns what they want to learn.

Don’t say nobody tried to warn you.

Stumpy
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Stumpy

I loved Walter. So very promising. Whatever became of him?

Stumpy
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Stumpy

Perhaps the same could be said of Elenchos?

Public Intellectual
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Public Intellectual

“Reaching back 34 yearS”

Have you see a Democrat in a presidential campaign run on the looney left since?

Scott
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Scott

@ Elenchos: Perhaps you’d be happier if businesses were simply taken over. You know, like your dream country: Venezuela. Danny Glover and Sean Penn can be on your team too. It’s obvious you are a relic that loves throwing bombs. But please do keep pushing your brand of communism. Refreshing stuff. I learn a lot. I learn that I do live in Bizerkley North. But change is coming. And the old guard won’t go down easy. Perhaps even after nearly 40 years of “d” in Olympia, we can hope for change there soon. But here being a democrat is “the natural order of things”. So open minded, most has fallen out by now.

Anyone but Mike
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Anyone but Mike

@Elechos Nachos — I voted for wheatbrook, but knew she wasn’t going to win based on the one public event I went to where she spoke, and my spouses interaction with her when she was door canvasing. She is no politician. If some left of center democrat, who is good at public speaking, ran against mike, he would loose. Wheatbrook got 38% of the vote. If the election was held tomorrow, I bet she comes out ahead based on Mike’s last 3 months of public office. People want: To not just feel safe, but be safe (see two public restroom rapes in ballard / hatchet wielding assailant / Murders in RV’s, enormous increase in petty crime in 5 years) — Petty crime is defined by theft of vandalism under $250. SPD does NOT include this as a category in their annual report on crime to city counsel, or on their website of data. Go to any drug store or grocery store in Ballard and they all now have a security guard. The head manager at the Fred Meyer told me that when he became a store manager 2 years ago, theft, measured in dollars, was up x12 times than it… Read more »

ed jones
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ed jones

@anyone but mike, Thank you for your post! RECALL MIKE OBRIEN

Public Intellectual
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Public Intellectual

Here’s some sweet facts.

“During the Count Us In Survey, twenty percent (20%) of survey respondents reported being born or growing up in King County, and 24% reported having lived in King County for a decade or longer.”

In other words 76 percent recently moved here. Keep in mind this is a survey done by an advocacy organization.

http://allhomekc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2017-Count-Us-In-PIT-Comprehensive-Report.pdf

elenchos
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elenchos

Danny Glover and Sean Penn? You’re doing played out Team America memes? Okaaaaaaaaaaaaay….

A Beautiful Mind
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A Beautiful Mind

@Public Intellectual — 20% + 24% = 44% lived here at least a decade, many their whole lives. That leaves 56%, not 76%, for those of us who live by fact. But you go ahead and embrace your 120% universe as hard as you can.

Mario Batali's Salami
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@Beautiful Mind

Hey snark is fun but try facing facts yourself:
The liberals here turned a gorgeous city into the world’s most expensive trailer park while vaporizing a billion dollars on junkie criminals for a decade. Now they’re trying to run off biz and jobs.

Dx1,000,000,000= -1,000,000,000

Solve for D, Genius

Anyone but Mike
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Anyone but Mike

@public intellectual Please read the entire study, front to back, including the footnotes. The percent who have lived in King County for at least 10 years is reported as 44%. However, lets parse out the data. *The count found 11,643 people experiencing homelessness. *Of the 11,643 People, a random set of 878 surveys were completed. *A different survey of 1104 youth (both housed and homeless) was conducted. Of the 1104 youth, 280 were homeless, and included in the general survey. Now this is an assumption, but I think a reasonable one, the 280 youth have a high likelihood of being either born here or living here for 10 years. Say 75% of them were. Take them out of the pool 878 surveyed. Assuming the same percentage of youth did not answer the question as the adults, the result is that of the adults — 71% have been here for less than 10 years. Of tally is dependent on the breakdown of how many youth either lived here for more than 10 years or their whole life. It could also be as high as 77%, if all of the respondents to the survey who choose not to answer this question lived… Read more »

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Homeless Fiasco

Washington State had a 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness that started in 2005. Everywhere except in King County, homeless populations have decreased across the state. Why do we think this is? Is it possible that there is a work-around to providing low-income housing when developers build their fancy new apartment and condo complexes (there is). https://inclusionaryhousing.org/designing-a-policy/off-site-development/in-lieu-fees/ So, what happens? More people displaced, fewer options for them. In the city with the highest concentration of jobs within the state, this should not be the case. Had our cowardly Mayors of the past 10 years not given in to developer’s desires to not have ‘low-income’ units amongst their new, brightly lit boxes, we might have gone some way to alleviating our problem. Where is all the low-income housing this fund should have provided?Where’d all the workaround money go? Probably to those same cowardly mayors. Add to that the fact that there’s zero accountability in tracking our homeless population (leading to chuckleheads coming here from out of state, like our fine, upstanding homeless Texas rapist), that instead of any kind of measurable decrease, we see an increase in those without permanent housing. Would I love to see them housed? You bet. But have… Read more »

Anyone but Mike
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Anyone but Mike

@Homeless Fiasco I’m with you 100%. I’m not against spending money to support those with mental or drug issues, or just “down on their luck.” I think my main gripes with the current situation is fourfold 1) We allow unsafe and unsanitary conditions all over the city that. Huge swaths of public spaces have trash and fecal matter spewn all over the place. This has become extreme in the past 2 years. 2) Seattle tax-payers are on the hook for a problem that is state-wide. Many of the homeless come here from rural parts of the state. 3) We refuse to go after the drug dealers. Seattle has one of the most abundant supplies of Meth and has the cheapest meth of any major U.S. city (see the PBS Frontline show on the opioid crisis). Downtown near the YWCA, I know who the three drug dealers are. I see about 3 drug deals go down every week. If I know, shouldn’t the cops know, and arrest them? 4) We spend money on the effects of mental illness and drug addiction, instead of the causes. If you are an able bodied adult who is of sound mental capacity, and not a… Read more »

Lorena Gonzalez is a fraud
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Lorena Gonzalez is a fraud
Mario Batali's Salami
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Mario Batali's Salami

@Anyone But Mike
Totally agree.

Drugs are now openly dealt in front of the Ballard Library and the QFC on 24th. As you said, if you or I can see this why aren’t the cops arresting these creeps?

Patricia Devine
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Patricia Devine

Here’s a group fighting against the repeal of this tax: https://coil-snow.squarespace.com/

David Blaine
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David Blaine

spam spam spam thank u

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