Seattle City Council’s budget process ended Monday after a weeks-long process. As I’ve described in previous posts, Housing For All members were there every step of the way. We spent countless hours belaboring the fact that a lack of action from Council on more funding and a failure to stop the sweeps is killing folks. The Council failed to fully act with the boldness the situation deserves. We did secure a win though, despite our disappointment. This is what the headline looked like in The Stranger:
So, although Council voted down our business tax during this budget season, they put their commitment on paper in a resolution to pass a business tax by a specific date in March that will generate $25-$75 million per year. I hate how slow-moving government is and how many councilmembers do not act with the urgency we need after at least 86 of our homeless neighbors have died outside this year already!
Here is what we looked like at the podium as we urged Council to do more and as we let them know we’ll continue to put their feet to the fire. This was the final day of the budget process:
Seattle’s National Public Radio affiliate, KUOW, used part of my time at the podium in their online and radio news stories. Here is a screenshot of their story:
And, here is how Katie Wilson of the Transit Riders Union and Housing For All described our group’s accomplishments in the face of a battle with a Council acting mostly against us (Let me be clear though: this is not nearly enough. We could actually solve the problem if we had a Council that worked in our best interests as a city):
Here are some other news headlines from The Washington Post and memes I’ve seen on Facebook: