We stumbled over something of a revelation while fact-checking a recent claim made by Chamber of Commerce CEO Jerry Sanders.
A group of local business leaders calling themselves the Jobs Coalition calls the City Council’s recent move to hike the fee it charges to help build subsidized housing the “jobs-killing tax.” That same group, which is working to overturn the fee hike, now says it supports six different tax increases that would fund subsidized housing construction instead.
You read that right: A group formed to oppose a tax says it supports six alternative tax increases. Surprise is the appropriate reaction.
“The thought was a little pain spread across a wide spectrum was preferable to a lot of pain on a small group, particularly when the target is jobs creation and will have a negative impact on the economy,” said Jobs Coalition spokesman Tony Manolatos.