The Mayor and City: Bad Policy Backed by Bad Data.

There is a pretty damning report by Daniel Person at the Seattle Weekly that found the City, and in particular the Mayor, cooked the books on the impacts of the $15 minimum wage To review, the timeline seems to have gone like this: The UW shares with City Hall an early draft of its study […]

This Week in Olympia: Another Cash Grab by Non-Profit Housers

Late last week I spotted a post on Facebook that I really couldn’t believe. The non-profit housing group the Housing Development Consortium (HDC) and Futurewise are pushing to use funds generated from the Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) for affordable housing. The legislation, House Bill 1797 I can’t put it any other way: This isĀ outrageous. […]

Preservation Tax Exemption: An Efficient and Sensible Way to Preserve Older Housing

Yesterday, in Olympia, I gave some comments to theĀ Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing about Senate Bill 5182. The proposal was offered in a previous legislative session but failed to pass. I think this proposal called the “Preservation Tax Exemption,” is a great idea if it’s done correctly. The idea is to expand the […]