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February 26, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Minimum wage: A wealth tax to prevent homelessness

Danny Westneat made a grave error in his column on the $15 minimum-wage campaign [“Minimum-wage proposal a $15 paradox for the poor,” Local News, Feb. 25].

He implied that so far no one has mentioned taxes in this debate. Surely he must know that Kshama Sawant’s campaign for City Council had a two-pronged platform: a $15 minimum wage and a wealth tax.

If Seattle’s wealthy and superwealthy were paying their fair share of taxes as they did in the 1950s, there would be plenty of money for Bill Hobson’s program to help the homeless. In fact, there would be less need for such programs. Many working people are homeless because they can’t afford to pay rent.

Unfortunately the Washington state Legislature will not allow Seattle to tax its wealthy. That is what must change.

Mona Lee, Seattle

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