Woo! Yeah! Seattle's Breaking Records! In measures of income inequality, which really surprises no one who pays rent. According to a Gene Balk analysis at the Seattle Times, in 2016 the top 20 percent of high earning Seattle homes took 53 percent of the total income earned by Seattle residents. This puts Seattle's Gini coefficient—a measure of inequality—on par with San Francisco's. The rich got richer, and the poor got poorer. Is this what free market urbanism gets us?
What Does a Sanctuary Campus Do When a Student Is Taken? KUOW's Liz Jones has the full story on Bangally Fatty, the University of Washington student who is detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Faculty and students are rallying around Fatty's cause.
Legislators Consider Banning Farmed Salmon: Officials told state legislators on Thursday that they haven't found evidence of farmed Atlantic salmon released from a broken Cooke aquaculture pen spawning or spreading disease. Nevertheless, legislators said that they could have been "more aggressive" in monitoring the pen in the first place. Officials still don't understand how it collapsed.
Phinney Residents Fight Apartment Development's Lack of Parking: The Seattle Times' Jessica Lee reports that "opponents of the Greenwood Avenue project, called Phinney Flats, say the lack of off-street parking will force vehicles onto already congested streets. Renters are not giving up cars at the rate city officials would like to believe, they say."
I Don't Know How This Is a Story: But Jeff Bezos looks different now than he did in 1998.
ICYMI: A bisexual lawyer is suing Union Gospel Mission over its policy excluding prospective employees on the basis of their sexual orientation. Matthew Woods had worked as a legal intern at UGM and volunteered for three years before he was turned down for a staff attorney position at UGM's civil legal aid clinic.
House Passes Giant Tax Cut for Corporations Bill: The 400-page bill has not had a single hearing, and the House voted jus two weeks after it was introduced. The bill seeks to cut $1.5 trillion in taxes, largely for corporations. The Senate will now consider the bill after Thanksgiving.
Great Letter to the Editor—I'm middle class & I face a significant tax increase under the GOP bill. I'm happy to pay more taxes to finance education & infrastructure—but not to finance tax breaks to the 1%. pic.twitter.com/sFE8NjxXAp
— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) November 17, 2017
To Be Clear: The Senate bill would raise taxes on the poor. According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, the bill would raise taxes on Americans earning less than $30,000 a year because of the bill's repeal of the Affordable Care Act health insurance mandate.
People Are Upset: Over this British bakery chain's portrayal of a nativity scene starring a sausage roll instead of Jesus.
Greggs have apologised for causing offence by replacing the baby Jesus with a sausage roll in a nativity scene. Are you offended by it? pic.twitter.com/pteUO1N4Ig
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) November 16, 2017