THIS IS THE MANTRA OF NOSY NEIGHBORS AND GANG-----
Getting the most US 99% of WE THE WOMEN out of the workforce as jobs are automated and disappear seems to give women no choice-----you are a SEX WORKER or you are married----no independence for women. Remember how that worked in the DARK AGES?
Below we see the movement to legalize PROSTITUTION at the same time US is being taken to THE FARTHEST FAR-RIGHT WING AUTHORITARIAN REPRESSIVE governance structure. The US already has lots of protections for men and women who choose to be SEX WORKERS------what will MOVE FORWARD with what is called a FEMINIST policy of legal sex trade is an expansion of an already booming global human SEX TRADE DISTRIBUTION system inside US.
When we already know there is an organized ABUSIVE structure of global SEX TRADE/PORN growing inside US where people are FORCED into exposure by SEXUAL PREDATORS and black market networks------
we do not LEGALIZE PROSTITUTION NOW.
'Why Legalizing Prostitution Would Make America Healthier ...
Legalized Prostitution Would Be A Substantial Source Of Tax Revenue As long as prostitution remains illegal in the United States, those within the industry will pay no taxes'.
This is global banking 1% POLICY ---not a women's 'feminist' policy and as said above it is only about increasing TAX BASE and pushing women and men out of HEALTHY JOB CATEGORIES.
NOSY NEIGHBORS AND THE GANG are SEX WORKERS----and they are saturated in each community in Baltimore and other cities. This is the top economic growth and employment area----AND IT IS BLACK MARKET ---CRIMINAL. Global banking says ---well, let's legalize HITTING PEOPLE INTO A SO CALLED RUINED STATUS.
Notice the media outlets ----ELITE DAILY----DAILY BEAST are global banking far-right wing neo-liberal outlets.
Why Legalizing Prostitution Would Make America Healthier, Wealthier And Safer
By John Haltiwanger
Nov 19 2014
It's time for America to have a sensible conversation surrounding what is often referred to as "the world's oldest profession": prostitution.
At present, prostitution is criminalized across the United States. It is permitted in a few rural counties in Nevada, where licensed brothels operate under strict regulations.
Concurrently, this has done nothing to slow the demand for sex work. In 2010 alone, the Bureau of Justice reported that over 60,000 people were arrested for prostitution. Simply put, regardless of whether or not it's legal, prostitution will continue.
Likewise, by keeping it illegal, America perpetuates an unsafe and unequal system that stigmatizes and exploits sex workers. Not to mention, there is widespread evidence that legalizing prostitution has significant public health benefits.
Legalizing sex work is a controversial subject for obvious reasons. One might argue that decriminalizing prostitution condones an industry that degrades and abuses people, especially women. This is a fair point.
Yet, by keeping prostitution illegal America has created an environment in which sex workers are subjected to violence, disease, ridicule and inequality.
This is precisely why Amnesty International, one of the most respected human rights organizations in the world, has called for the decriminalization of sex work. The organization recently stated:
We have seen evidence to suggest that the criminalization of sex work leads to social marginalization and an increased risk of human rights abuses against sex workers. The evidence also suggests that decriminalization could be the best means to protect the rights of sex workers and ensure that these individuals receive adequate medical care, legal assistance and police protection.Amnesty International also noted that other prominent groups have supported or called for the legalization of sex work, including the World Health Organization, UN Women, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Foundations, among others.
Indeed, the time has come for America to legalize prostitution. Here are three reasons why:
1. Legalizing Prostitution Would Greatly Reduce Sex Trafficking
As noted above, regardless of the fact that prostitution is illegal, there is still a demand for it. Consequently, this helps fuel one of the most heinous industries in the world: sex-based human trafficking, or sex trafficking.
It's estimated that there are around 30 million victims of human trafficking around the world. More than half of the victims (55 percent) are women or girls.
According to the International Labor Organization, human trafficking generates around $150 billion per year. Two-thirds of this money ($99 billion) comes from commercial sexual exploitation.
The United States is not immune to the perils of this disgusting industry. Somewhere between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States every year. The vast majority of these individuals are trafficked for sex work.
Tragically, 100,000 children are forced into prostitution every year in America.
At the same time, there is widespread evidence that legalizing prostitution reduces sex trafficking. In 2001, Germany legalized sex work. Over the course of the next 10 years, instances of sex-based human trafficking decreased by 10 percent within the country.
Correspondingly, as Cathy Reisenwitz notes for the Daily Beast:
Working with instead of against sex workers will lead to more slaves being rescued. In Germany, it already is. While prohibitionists claim that legalizing prostitution has increased human trafficking in the country, the data don't support them.Additionally, by keeping sex work illegal, victims of sex trafficking are less likely to go to the police out of fear of being arrested. Unfortunately, sex trafficking victims are often treated like criminals. At the same time, there is evidence that cops are frequent customers.
One of the keys to combatting sex-based human trafficking is opening up the communication waves and exposing traffickers. We can't do this while prostitution remains illegal, which stigmatizes sex workers and pushes them to the fringes of society.
2. Legalizing Prostitution Would Make Sex Workers Safer (Fewer Assaults And STDs)
Belle Knox, known primarily as the Duke University Porn Star, recently wrote an informative op-ed for Rolling Stone supporting the legalization of prostitution in the US. She contended that it's contradictory that she's allowed to have sex for money on camera, but when someone does it behind closed doors it becomes a crime.
Prostitution is criminalized in every state and locality across the country. As a result, sex workers are pushed onto the street, leaving too many at the whims of pimps and dangerous johns without access to police protection and labor representation. If only the practice was brought indoors, sex workers could have more freedom to perform on their own terms in a safe, legal environment like I do.The United Nations Human Rights Council recently published a report expressing similar sentiments, stating, "The criminalization of clients has not reduced trafficking or sex work, but has increased sex workers' vulnerability to violence, harmed HIV responses, and infringed on sex workers' rights."
Indeed, 45 to 75 percent of sex workers will experience workplace violence. Yet, as long as prostitution remains illegal, sex workers who are assaulted will be extremely unlikely to report anything to the police for fear of legal ramifications.
At the same time, there is evidence that legalizing prostitution helps reduce violence against sex workers.
In Germany and New Zealand, where sex work is legalized, occupational health and safety laws protect sex workers. Correspondingly, as the brothels also screen clients and use credit cards, violence has decreased. Sex workers there can report instances of violence and harassment, and the perpetrators are held accountable.
Likewise, five years after it decriminalized adult prostitution, New Zealand had no increases in trafficking or the number of sex workers.
Relatedly, as a result of a legal loophole, state legislators in Rhode Island unintentionally legalized prostitution in 1980. A criminal case brought this to the public's attention in 2003. The error was eventually corrected in 2009, and prostitution was made illegal again.
During the six years in between, however, the number of rapes in the state declined by 31 percent. Simultaneously, gonorrhea infection amongst women in Rhode Island dropped by a whopping 39 percent.
Indeed, the data show that decriminalizing prostitution has a very positive impact on public health and safety. The World Health Organization (WHO) supports it for this very reason.
In a recent report, it stated: "Violence against sex workers is associated with inconsistent condom use or lack of condom use, and with increased risk of STI and HIV infection. Violence also prevents sex workers from accessing HIV information and services."
Similarly, cops in cities across the US have actually used condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses.
Hence, as long as sex work remains illegal, prostitutes will be less likely to use condoms and seek STD tests. If it were to be decriminalized, they would be safer and healthier.
3. Legalized Prostitution Would Be A Substantial Source Of Tax Revenue
As long as prostitution remains illegal in the United States, those within the industry will pay no taxes. In turn, the government is missing out on a lucrative source of revenue.
In 2007 alone, Atlanta's sex trade was worth a staggering $290 million. Not to mention, between 2005 and 2011, the average weekly cash income for pimps in the city was $32,833.
In Nevada, legal brothels collectively make around $50 million a year, and pay significant amounts of tax to the rural counties in which they are located and operate.
The state, however, does not share in this revenue because it does not approve of the sex trade. The brothels have said they'd be happy to pay state taxes. All the while, Nevada's economy is suffering.
Not to mention, police spend a great deal of time, money and resources in an attempt to disrupt the sex trade. Yet, it's not going anywhere. If it were legalized, law enforcement could save money and spend more time addressing more pressing matters, such as terrorism.
In other words, if the government legalized prostitution, it could potentially make enormous monetary gains.
Thus, There are clear social, health and economic reasons to support the decriminalization of prostitution. It's time for America to come to its senses and face the facts.
So, in the midst of a saturated illegal surveillance PORN and SEX TRADE activity where people surveilled are NOT CONSENTING---they are NOT WILLING----while being told they have been RUINED by this NOSY NEIGHBOR exposure. We discussed the conversation between a women exposed by NOSY NEIGHBORS and a male living in that complex saying IF YOU SHOW THEM YOU CAN SHOW ME.
'Women’s rights group launches campaign against legalizing prostitution
By Bernadette Hogan
May 13, 2019'
In my case I was called a SEX SLAVE because I was illegal surveilled and made PORN with my knowledge or my consent. Then of course NOSY NEIGHBORS said ---well, we will remove from that apartment and send you elsewhere----YOU KNOW----trafficing me as a prostitute.
'NYPD 'brothel cop' pleads guilty to running prostitution, gambling ring'
'About 90 percent of woman in prostitution are trafficked, according to the Department of Health and Human Services'.
When 90% of women in prostitution are TRAFFICED----this means they are NOT WILLING CONSENTING SEX WORKERS which is what have today in US FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES-----like Baltimore.
How can legal prostitution HELP keep women SAFE under these conditions? The answer is IT DOESN'T AND IT WILL NOT. The goal is simply to require these illegal surveillance video PORN and SEX TRADE BLACK MARKET industries to PAY TAXES.
Who is promoting this as HELPING WOMEN? Global banking 1% WORLD BANK/WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION.
'Sex-trade survivor: Don’t legalize prostitution in New York'
By Gabrielle Fonrouge
June 2, 2019
State lawmakers pushing to legalize prostitution may want to think twice.
A former sex-trade survivor who says she was victimized everywhere from New York City strip clubs to Nevada’s legal brothels is now at the forefront of the national battle against legalization, telling The Post that it only encourages “horrific’’ trafficking.
“A lot of people are under the misconception that just because it’s legal [in Nevada], then it’s safe and it’s clean and that all the people there are consenting, and that’s just not the truth,” said Rebekah Charleston, who appears in a blistering new anti-trafficking video put out by opponents of legalization.
“I think a lot of people have this happy hooker mindset like, ‘Oh well, she looks happy, and she’s an adult, so she should be able to do what she wants,’ when that’s just not reality. The realities of prostitution and sex trafficking are horrific.”
Charleston, 37, is part of a new campaign launched by a coalition of advocacy groups that includes the video, which was unveiled at the World Without Exploitation conference in Washington, DC, on May 23.
Inside New York's silent sex trafficking epidemic
The anti-trafficking campaign comes amid a national debate over whether to legalize prostitution.
In New York, a group of state lawmakers vowed earlier this year to introduce a bill to legalize prostitution.
Backers of the proposed bill said they believe that legalization would reduce sex trafficking and protect the women who rely on the industry to make a living. Supporters say that any bill wouldn’t extend protections to pimps or sex traffickers.
But critics worry that it could actually lead to an increase in trafficking, as Charleston argues.
As it stands now, authorities across New York City’s five boroughs have taken a soft approach to prosecuting prostitution cases. The NYPD says it treats those arrested as victims first. Anyone considered a trafficking victim then goes to the city’s special Human Trafficking Intervention Court, where most are offered services and have their charges dismissed.
Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez has said he supports going a step further and decriminalizing prostitution.
But Charleston, who was often sent by her pimp to city strip clubs to find johns, said Nevada shouldn’t serve as a national blueprint.
“Forty-eight years ago, prostitution was legalized in Nevada. It was a social experiment. That experiment has failed,” Charleston says in the video.
Nevada has a 63 percent higher rate of illegal sex-trade activity than any other state in the country and ranks in the top 10 for trafficked and exploited youth, according to the video, which adds that only 10 percent of prostitution in Nevada is legal.
Nevada also is ranked sixth in the country for rapes and sexual assaults against women, according to Awaken, an anti-sex trafficking non-profit based in Reno.
Charleston, originally from Dallas, Texas, said she was raped when she was 14 years old, became addicted to drugs and ran away from home at the age of 17, when she met a pimp that would sell her across the US for the next 10 years.
One time, when she tried to escape, he held a pitchfork to her neck and said he would kill her, she said.
“When somebody beats you to where you have blood pouring out of your face, you believe them when they say they’ll kill you,” explained Charleston, who now runs her own non-profit Valiant Hearts.
She said her trafficker sent her to the Love Ranch North and the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothels, owned by the late Dennis Hof, “as a form of punishment” when she wasn’t making enough money or gave him other trouble.
At the legal brothels, Charleston said, the conditions were deplorable.
“It’s a miserable daily existence, so drug use is rampant inside the brothel. … We would just sit around and get high [on meth] all day,” recalled Charleston, who said she no longer uses drugs.
She was also expected to be on call 24 hours a day and forced to sleep in the same room she serviced customers in, a practice she called “disgusting” and a “human-rights violation.”
Anytime she tried to leave the brothel, the house manager would try to prevent her from going, while other girls in the house “just never left.”
State prosecutors struggle with human trafficking cases
Melissa Holland, co-founder and executive director of Awaken, said Nevada’s quest to legalize prostitution was done in part to make selling sex safer for the workers and the buyers.
Instead, it’s only made the illegal market proliferate in the last half a century and has changed the state’s culture, she said.
“We know from research when you legalize prostitution … you increase the demand for it. … So when the demand goes up, you have to increase the supply, and that’s in trafficking women and children,” Holland explained.
She said sexual exploitation is so normalized in Nevada, brothel workers are invited to schools for career day.
“That’s what happens when it’s framed like a job like any other,” Holland said.
“These are the real implications and how it bleeds into your culture.”
While AMSTERDAM last century was sold as a LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE nation because of lax drugs/legal prostitution there was a LEFT SOCIAL BENEFIT governance structure that actually ENFORCED protections and policies geared to protect addicts and prostitutes in Amsterdam. Today, AMSTERDAM, like US is being taken to FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE status---far-right wing, authoritarian DEEP STATE repression and this is not the environment for FREEDOM, SAFETY, LIBERATION ----especially in the midst of global SEX TRADE distribution structure that seeks to ENSLAVE SEX WORKERS as we see below NEW ZEALAND called HELPFUL for legalizing prostitution is filled with a DARK WEB TRAFFICING societal structure.
POLITICIANS WHO ALLOWED THESE STRUCTURES TO PERMEATE OUR CIVIL SOCIETIES ----CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA---NEO-LIBERAL/NEO-CON are still in office in NEW ZEALAND----as here in US----they are NOT passing SOCIAL BENEFIT laws.
Exposed: The dark underbelly of human trafficking in New Zealand
22 Sep, 2016 10:43am
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- Why It’s Time to Legalize Prostitution - The Daily Beastwww.thedailybeast.com/why-its-time-to-legalize... LEGALIZE IT Why It’s Time to Legalize Prostitution. Evidence shows that it would protect sex workers, reduce violence, cut down on sex trafficking, and more.
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- 7 Reasons To Legalize Prostitution In Americawww.theodysseyonline.com/legalize-prostitution... Prostitution is the act of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payments. Currently, in the United States, prostitution is illegal in 49 of the 50 states. Nevada is the only state that has some form of prostitution legal, prostitution must only take place within a brothel if caught prostituting outside of a brothel it is illegal.
- What's the Right Way to Legalize Prostitution?: An Exchange ...www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/08/07/whats-the-right... The Netherlands, for example, has moved to reduce, rather than extend, legal prostitution in the last decade. On the grounds that legalized prostitution had not cut crime as hoped, then Mayor Job Cohen closed more than half of Amsterdam’s legal prostitution businesses, starting in 2007.
- It's time to legalize prostitution - New York Daily Newswww.nydailynews.com/opinion/time-legalize... I see New York State legalizing prostitution by the year 2020. When you legalize prostitution, the word "pimp" becomes an anachronism. Each and every woman in the business becomes an independent ...
'Taxation of illegal income in the United States
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Taxation of illegal income in the United States arises from the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC)'
Again, we want to remind US 99% of WE THE PEOPLE and new to US immigrants that the US has a century of capturing black market criminals through already existing TAX LAWS. The IRS has been using these laws all last century and will use them TODAY to seek tax revenue from today's black market illegal surveillance video and PORN NOSY NEIGHBORS AND THE GANG money-making activities. The IRS does not have to wait until these LEGALIZED PROSTITUTION structures in states are installed.
It will take a decade for far-right wing global banking 5% freemason/Greek player pols to install these policies that NO ONE WANTS.
Please take time if you are a victim of NOSY NEIGHBORS AND THE GANG illegal surveillance and PORN to advance these kinds of LAWSUITS------
BE AN ANONOMOUS INFORMER TO IRS----THE TAX MAN ABOUT NOSY NEIGHBORS CLAIMS OF MAKING MONEY OFF OF VICTIMS OF ILLEGAL SURVEILLANCE PORN.
REMEMBER, OBAMA era left the US with $20 TRILLION in national debt from criminal US TREASURY bond frauds----corporate taxes are disappearing---so, someone will have to make all that they earn TAXATION WITH NO REPRESENTATION.
Global sex trafficing effects all population groups---men and women----boys and girls----straight and GBLT.
Taxation of illegal income in the United States
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Taxation of illegal income in the United States arises from the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), enacted by the U.S. Congress in part for the purpose of taxing net income. As such, a person's taxable income will generally be subject to the same Federal income tax rules, regardless of whether the income was obtained legally or illegally.
Al Capone was successfully prosecuted for tax evasion. Additionally, Soviet spy Aldrich Ames, who had earned more than $2 million cash for his espionage, was also charged with tax evasion as none of the Soviet money was reported on his tax returns. Ames attempted to have the tax evasion charge dismissed on the grounds his espionage profits were illegal, but the charges stood.
The United States Supreme Court has ruled that requiring a person to declare income on a federal income tax return does not violate an individual's right to remain silent, although the privilege may apply to allow the person to refrain from revealing the source of the income.
In James v. United States (1961), the Supreme Court held that an embezzler was required to include his ill-gotten gains in his "gross income" for Federal income tax purposes. In reaching this decision, the Court looked to the seminal case setting forth the tax code's definition of gross income, Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. Glenshaw Glass Co., in which the Supreme Court held that a taxpayer has gross income when he has "an accession to wealth, clearly realized, and over which the taxpayers have complete dominion". At the time the embezzler acquired the funds, he did not have a consensual obligation to repay, or any restriction as to his disposition of the funds. If he had acquired the funds under the same circumstances legally, there would have been no question as to whether he should have gross income. Therefore, the embezzler had gross income under the tax code, even though the application of another body of law would later force him to return the money.
Deductible expenses in illegal activity – the general rule
While embezzlers, thieves, and the like are forced to report their ill-gotten gains as income for tax purposes, they may also take deductions for costs relating to criminal activity. For example, in Commissioner v. Tellier, a taxpayer was found guilty of engaging in business activities that violated the Securities Act of 1933. The taxpayer subsequently tried to deduct from his gross income the legal fees he spent while defending himself. The U.S. Supreme Court held that the taxpayer was allowed to deduct the legal fees from his gross income because they meet the requirements of §162(a), which allows the taxpayer to deduct all the "ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred during the taxable year in carrying on a trade or business." The Court reasoned (and the Internal Revenue Service did not contest the point) that it was ordinary and necessary for a person engaged in a business to expect to have legal fees associated with that business, even though such things may only happen once in a lifetime. Therefore, the taxpayer in Tellier was allowed to deduct his legal fees from his gross income, even though he incurred the fees because of his crime. The U.S. Supreme Court in Tellier reiterated that the purpose of the tax code was to tax net income, not punish unlawful behavior. The Court suggested that if this was not the case, Congress would change the tax code to include special tax rules for illegal conduct.
We will end the discussion of NOSY NEIGHBOR issues in tax policy and go on to corporate tax reforms by reminding people of WHY US working class home owners may have been losing those homes these few decades. Because I didn't know about NOSY NEIGHBORS and illegal surveillance, we advocated simply against people losing homes to unpaid tax or water bills. We now know it is HIGHLY LIKELY that NOSY NEIGHBORS AND THE GANG captured RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS in these low-income communities just as they are doing NOW in middle-affluent communities like mine. Surrounding a building and hacking into electrical systems ------devices and transferring utility costs to other homeowners----just as is done with STREAMING DATA transferred to other cell phone users as NOSY NEIGHBORS download all that daily 24/7 video.
When homeowners have these ILLEGAL expenses added to their debt-----they end up losing homes over these kinds of SIMPLE debts of $250.
Who is behind NOSY NEIGHBORS AND THE GANG? Global banking is at the top of income ladder in these black market activities and built the global sex trafficing structures. Local political machines help global banking while using it as a STICK against political adversaries and forcing people into GROUP SPEAK AND CHATTER.
NOSY NEIGHBORS AND THE GANG are simply extensions of regional or national criminal PORN AND SEX TRADE cartels.
BUILDING owners forced to be PORN MULES------some of course are willing PORN MULES for global sex trade cartels------we can be sure NO TAXES or INCOME are reported or paid.
FEEDBACK from public surveillance in my alley said a few days ago-------SHE KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND SHE KNOWS THEY DON'T LIKE IT------not everyone on THE NETWORK promotes HITTING and illegal surveillance PORN.
City homeowners lose property for just $250 in unpaid taxes
A new report calls on Baltimore officials and the Maryland General Assembly to add protections for owner-occupied homes and simplify a city system that often confuses homeowners, enriches investors and adds to the number of vacant properties that line neighborhood streets. (Baltimore Sun file photo)
Yvonne WengerContact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
October 27, 2014
Homeowners in Baltimore can lose their houses for as little as $250 in unpaid taxes — a threshold far lower than in other cities — according to a new Abell Foundation report that urges a change in the practice.
The report calls on Baltimore officials and the Maryland General Assembly to add protections for owner-occupied homes and simplify a city system that often confuses homeowners, enriches investors and adds to the number of vacant properties that line neighborhood streets.
City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke said she's seen many residents, often elderly, get swept up in tax lien sales, and she wants the city to raise the threshold that triggers a sale to $750 in back taxes.
"So many elderly people go into tax sale," she said. "They get confused. They maybe don't account exactly for what's owed. Bills get misplaced and sometimes they don't have the money. We need to raise the limits."
A homeowner in Washington needs to be $2,500 behind in taxes before a property is subject to a tax lien sale, 10 times higher than the threshold in Baltimore. Residential homes in New York City are subject to tax sales at $1,000.
Property taxes are a primary source of revenue for government budgets, and holding the tax lien sales is a way for cities to collect the money to pay for services, such as police and fire protection.
In Baltimore, the city sells tax lien certificates to third-party investors that charge 18 percent interest and act as collection agencies for the city. If property owners don't pay up, the investors can ask the court to foreclose on the properties and take ownership.
To reclaim their houses — and all the equity in it — after a tax sale, homeowners must pay the debt, the interest and hundreds of dollars in court costs and legal fees, according to the report. A $500 tax bill could turn into $3,000 two years after the tax sale.
More than 2,800 open tax lien cases were pending in Baltimore Circuit Court as of Jan. 31, the report found. Advocates say those sales can lead to eviction and homelessness for low-income homeowners.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she's committed to finding ways to make sure residents can stay in their houses, but her administration sees the $250 threshold as constructive by forcing homeowners to address the debt before it grows any larger.
Rawlings-Blake pointed toward multiple programs the city has in place to help low-income and elderly residents, including discounts on water bills, savings accounts for future tax bills and energy assistance. She said the city also has an early warning system in which city agencies reach out to identify residents at risk of losing their homes.
"My administration is currently in the process of identifying additional reforms to help families in need, because no one wins when residents are forced from their homes due to situations that oftentimes are avoidable," the mayor said in a statement.
City officials contend that increasing the threshold would take a change in state law, but the Abell report found that Baltimore County made the change administratively in 2008, increasing the threshold from $250 to $500. The threshold of tax sales in much of the state remains at $250 in back taxes.
City Council passed a resolution in 2010 urging the General Assembly to increase the threshold to $750, but the legislature hasn't changed state law.
Janice Simmons, chief for Baltimore's Bureau of Revenue Collections, said city officials discussed whether to seek an increase in the threshold, but decided raising the debt limit was too risky for vulnerable homeowners.
"To leave it at $250, we feel like we're doing a service," Simmons said. "They could borrow the money or have the means to get it. At $750 or $1,000, you're in too deep."
Simmons also challenged the report's comparison of Baltimore to other cities.
"The housing stock in Baltimore is different than in Washington and New York City," she said. "You can't compare the locations."
Another recommendation in the Abell report is to eliminate the ability of city officials to sell properties for unpaid water bills. An outstanding water bill of at least $350 that's nine months delinquent can trigger a tax sale, even if all of the homeowner's taxes are paid.
Homes in Washington or New York City can't be sold at a tax sale based on an unpaid water bill.
The city no longer allows tax sales for delinquent water bills that were issued based on estimated water use. The policy changed after officials discovered in 2012 that the city had overbilled 38,000 customers, owing residents $4.2 million in refunds, according to the report.
Joan Jacobson, author of the Abell report, called Baltimore's tax sale system more "punitive" than any other she researched.
"In places like New York City and Washington D.C. and the state of Rhode Island, they have found ways to still collect taxes and hold tax sales, but protect homeowners," Jacobson said. "The study is a road map for how to change the laws."
The report recommended the threshold for tax sales in Baltimore be increased to $1,000 and called for homeowners' unpaid water bills to no longer be used as a trigger.
Recommendations also included lowering the interest rate that homeowners pay to redeem their houses, improving the process to notify residents of the tax sale process, offering installment payment programs based on income and creating an ombudsman position to assist at-risk homeowners.
Lester Davis, spokesman for City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, said tax lien sales have been a matter of ongoing discussion between Young and the administration.
"In the council president's mind, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to kick someone out of their home for what's in the grand scheme of things a minuscule amount," Davis said. "You're being penny wise and pound foolish, and you run the risk of having someone be even more dependent on social services."
Margaret Henn, foreclosure prevention project manager at the Pro Bono Resource Center, urged city and state officials to change laws and policies based on the report's findings. She said much is at stake, especially for elderly and low income residents.
"They are facing homelessness over such a small bill," Henn said. "It's people who have built up a lot of equity in their house and are losing everything."
We can be sure NOSY NEIGHBORS AND THE GANG illegal surveillance black market PORN have not gotten that TAX STAMP and have not PAID taxes claiming to be LEGAL BUSINESSES.
Drug tax stamps are a thing
Apr—15—2018 05:32PM EST
Tuesday, April 17, is tax day, which is the worst day. It sucks so much that it might make you be like, “Fuck this, I am going to become a drug dealer.” But because in many states, drug dealers have to pay taxes, too — or at least, the fact that drug dealers don’t pay taxes is one of the trickier ways that state governments punish those operating in the black market.
If this all seems sketchy, that’s because it is. In a report discussing a (failed) 2008 proposal by New York’s then-governor Elliot Spitzer to institute a drug tax stamp program in his state, the New York Times noted that “almost no dealers” actually buy the stamps, adding, “the vast majority of revenues from the tax are collected after law enforcement officials seize the drugs.” The true purpose of these laws, they explained, are to “help the authorities keep seized drug money even when a suspect accused of dealing walks free.”
According to the legalization advocacy group NORML, 18 states and also Guam currently have marijuana tax stamp programs, but as the Times observed in 2008, the vast majority of the stamps are purchased by collectors — after all, the idea of paying the state government for tax stamps to put on your illegal drugs seems like the textbook definition of entrapment, even if states claim the process of buying the stamps is itself anonymous.
The aptly named MarijuanaStamps.com has a treasure trove of old drug tax stamps, some of which are kind of cute — Arizona has a cactus on theirs — while others, such as the ones issued by Illinois and Massachusetts prominently feature marijuana plants, which kind of makes them seem like a cool decoration for your bag of weed. The award for “Most Unnecessarily Metal Drug Stamp,” however, goes to Nebraska, which features a skull and crossbones — made up of a joint and syringe — in front of a tombstone. And then there’s the two stamps issued by Texas, which have to be seen to be believed:
Screen grab via Allogaro on YouTube
According to MarijuanaStamps.com, the 500 gram stamp’s $100,000 face value (it’s the one with the skull on it) gave it the “highest value on any federal or state stamp, tax or otherwise.” Texas repealed its illegal drug stamp program in 2016, which while a bummer for all the stamp collectors out there, is probably for the best.