Dori: Jay Inslee uses homeless person’s death to push state income tax

Feb 12, 2019, 4:13 PM
A homeless encampment in Seattle during the snowstorm. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)...
A homeless encampment in Seattle during the snowstorm. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Jay Inslee actually used the snowstorm and the death of a homeless person to push for a state income tax.

Inslee was speaking at a press conference about the snow on Monday with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine. He was in the middle of answering a question about deicing roads when he squeezed this message in:

I want to say something too, and I hope it’s not too off-topic, but I have to say it. When I think of our community that has homeless people who actually, one of whom lost their life to exposure, and realize that we don’t have a system to handle this problem in the state, it kind of drives me nuts, given the wealth that exists in the state of Washington. And I just want to note that, because today in the Legislature, we have a proposal to have a tax system on really high-income people that, in part, will help deal with this … when a state that has these enormous pockets of wealth, to have a system where we can take care of homeless people and they’re not dying of exposure, I hope that’s a lesson we take from this snowstorm this year.

It makes you wonder, at what point after hearing about this person’s death do you start thinking, “How can I use this death to push for a new tax?” Is it immediately after?

RELATED: Snowstorm shows you, pay attention to whom you elect

When do government aides come in and workshop it? When do they begin crafting it, turning a sad situation into a political PR moment?

The proposal that Gov. Inslee was referring to is his push for an income tax, in the guise of a capital gains tax. Of course, as we know, a state income tax is expressly forbidden under our state Constitution, as stated in Article VII, Section 1. We voted on an income tax many times in the state of Washington and said no every time, apart from once in 1932 — and that time, the state Supreme Court threw it out because it is patently unconstitutional.

Although Inslee calls this tax a capital gains tax, according to the IRS, a capital gains tax is an income tax. If the IRS calls it an income tax, that should settle it once and for all.

As for the homeless person who froze to death — had he been approached by City of Seattle Navigation Team members offering meals and beds and rehabilitation services? As we talked about a few weeks ago, the city’s Navigation Team offered services to all of the homeless people at a Northgate encampment; out of 12 tents’ worth of people, only one person accepted.

Jay Inslee knows that the homelessness problem has nothing to do with the lack of money; I think he is smart enough to realize that. According to the City Journal, we spend $100,000 per year per homeless person in Seattle and King County. But the fact of the matter is, most refuse all help and all services because they want a life with no rules. And if that means staying on the streets and breaking into cars and getting their next round of drugs one car prowl at a time, that’s what they’re going to do.

How much more money, Governor? I know plenty of people who raise a family of four on much less than $400,000 a year. A family of four living on far less can live quite comfortably. But that’s how much the taxpayers are spending on four homeless people. And Jay Inslee stands up there and uses the death of a homeless person to pitch an income tax.

What goes through the heart, mind, and soul of people who propose things like this? He sees the death of someone so far-gone and sees it only as a political tool. Ironically, it is our politicians who have caused this impossible homelessness crisis. We can’t round them up, we can’t involuntarily commit them. As Durkan said during the press conference, we can’t even go into their tents. So how do we stop them from freezing to death when they are choosing to spend the night on the streets during a snowstorm?

I challenge any reporter who covers Inslee to find out how much more he wants to spend per homeless person. What will solve this problem, Mr. Governor? How about a quarter-million per person per year? A group of four homeless people can cost us $1 million. Will we solve the problem then? A big chunk of that million dollars will go to labor unions, favored contractors, and the homeless industrial complex, like the six-figure positions at the Low-Income Housing Institute.

Think your income tax is going to save lives? Of course not. This is the kind of soullessness that is dominating public discourse these days.

Dori Monson on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dori monsonTune in to KIRO Radio weekdays at 12 noon for The Dori Monson Show.

Dori Monson Show

Dori Monson

Dori Monson Show

Seattle homeowner sells rental, says he doesn’t want to ‘be a landlord here’

The owner of a West Seattle home describes why he doesn't want to be a landlord in the city and is selling his home with the tenants in it.
3 days ago
Seattle firefighters...
Dori Monson Show

Terminated Seattle firefighters turn in their boots

Seattle firefighters who lost their jobs over the COVID vaccine mandate dropped off their boots on Tuesday.
4 days ago
Dori Monson Show

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer says he’ll fight AG’s misdemeanor charges

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer is charged with one count of false reporting, and one count of making a false or misleading statement to a public servant.
4 days ago
scam, vaccine...
Dori Monson Show

Meet the firefighter and deckhand who won’t get vaccinated

Washington state’s COVID vaccine mandate for most government, healthcare, and education employees is set to take effect Oct. 18. Meet the state workers who are leaving their jobs.
8 days ago
JAY INSLEE, covid...
Dori Monson

Dori: Inslee planning to push COVID vax through 2024

Gov. Jay Inslee has given himself extra-constitutional "emergency" powers for 19 months. Now it looks like he is planning to extend those powers.
8 days ago
seattle police, vaccine...
Dori Monson Show

Seattle police union president says some officers are ‘willing to walk away’ from job in solidarity

If Seattle police officers are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or haven't submitted proof by Oct. 18, they risk losing their job.
11 days ago

Sponsored Articles


Medicare open enrollment for 2022 starts Oct. 15 and SHIBA can help!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]

How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.

Small, Minority-Owned Businesses in King County and Pierce County Can Now Apply For $10,000 Relief Grants Through Comcast RISE

Businesses in King County and Pierce County can apply beginning on October 1, 2021, at for a chance to receive a $10,000 relief grant.
Dori: Jay Inslee uses homeless person’s death to push state income tax