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Former mayor: Business tax needed to hold big tech accountable

Original post made on Apr 28, 2019

Affordable housing and transportation problems in Palo Alto and surrounding communities can be eased with funding from a tax on big Silicon Valley technology companies and other businesses, according to Pat Burt, former Palo Alto mayor.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 26, 2019, 2:15 PM

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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 28, 2019 at 9:50 pm

"Companies could possibly get behind the tax if the city involves them in putting the measure together and specifies what the revenues are going to be used for, according to Burt."

Yup. Let the foxes help design the henhouse, and guess who pays.

Another scripted failure.

Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Since wealthy business interests have decided that ECR is a "transportation corridor", how about if we pass a business tax that will actually build a real transit corridor there-- specifically, build a VTA light rail extension from downtown Mountain View up ECR to the Palo Alto/University Ave transit center? Remove parking, keeping 3 lanes of traffic, and putting light rail down the median?

Posted by resident
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 29, 2019 at 2:25 pm

Big tech is making plenty of money off of all the congestion and pollution they cause in town. Time for them to give back.

Posted by pay fair share
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 29, 2019 at 2:39 pm

"Business tax needed to hold big tech accountable"

Yes. I see and hear whiners, but I've yet to see any solutions that do not involve some part of this.

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