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Superwealthy entrepreneur decides to ‘go all out’ with property-tax plan to fight homelessness

Nick Hanauer

“I’m going to donate enough money to that campaign to make sure that we would win,” said Nick Hanauer, tapped by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to help draw up a $275 million homelessness levy.

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