New Senate bill keeps fee for homeless housing

The bill protects a $40 home sales fee used to subsidize housing for the homeless. For one year. After that, lawmakers will debate a phase-out.

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“This is a system that is not broke, and doesn't need a fix," said Mark Putnam of the Committee to End Homelessness. Dan McConnon, deputy director of the Washington Department of Commerce, agreed: "It's a way to fight homelessness without draining the general fund."

John Stang covers state government for Crosscut. He can be reached by writing

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Posted Tue, Mar 11, 10:20 a.m. Inappropriate

This isn't the same bill. This is a bill that will not help the homeless as much as it will help the landlords. Home prices are rising in the state and the $40 fee is not exorbitant; perhaps if the homeless were in Republican areas of the state rather than in Democratic Seattle and King County there would have been a difference in this vote.


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