Seattle’s very own elected Socialist is at it again.
via MYNorthwest—Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant wants rent control for small businesses.
Sawant released a seven-point plan on Tuesday that includes stabilizing commercial rent.
“There’s a lot of small business rhetoric from corporate politicians, but little actual policy making that helps our city’s small businesses,” Sawant said. “Commercial rent control, for example, is a policy that will directly benefit small businesses.
“City Hall needs to stop conferring sweetheart deals on big developers and corporations, and begin serving the interests of small businesses and working people.”
The announcement coincides with the city council’s review of the proposed 2016 operating budget.
“We all love Seattle’s quirky unique culture, but we need to support our small businesses if we’re serious about preserving the character and soul of our city,” said David Meinert, owner of The Comet and other businesses. “We especially need to move on these policy ideas to support women- and minority-owned businesses.”
One of the biggest challenges small businesses face is the increasing cost of rent, according to Sawant. Though there is a ban on regulation of rent in the housing market, Sawant says the ban does not apply to commercial leases.
Under Sawant’s new plan, there would be a city-sponsored pension; an expansion of social service outreach for homeless people and people with mental illnesses and additions; a municipally-owned bank; and expanded late-night public transit. Sawant also wants to give small businesses and artists priority for commercial leasing.
A small business task force would be formed to address the challenges facing small businesses as well.
She has the same wincing effect on me as when I hear Obama speak.**shudder**