Water, education, housing, and health care should be human rights and not privileges of the propertied. The state should serve the public interest, fight poverty and help those under the wheel and not be only an errand boy of the banks and big private developers.
In the 1960s, 40% of federal revenue came from corporate taxes. Today, only 8% comes from corporate taxes. Lobbies twist arms as tax havens and tax avoidance cause revenue shortfalls and suffering communities.
Here are four options for affordable housing::
1) Low Income Housing Tax Credits have created 3-4 million units.
2) SROs with shared kitchens and bathrooms are communities and human alternatives to warehouses.
3) The Vienna Housing Fund buys up potential land and prevents speculation. Rents in Vienna are half the rents in Munich.
4) A nonprofit/cooperative housing department must be created since private developers won’t build affordable housing
Portland mayor Wheeler and the councilpersons don’t seem ready for radical ideas or to credit citizens who are outside the box!
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