‘It’s a crisis right now:’ Bills would let Washington cities raise more money to combat homelessness

With voters and lawmakers alike identifying homelessness as the top issue before Washington’s Legislature this year, several proposals at the state Capitol aim to let cities raise more money locally to tackle the problem. Where the plans diverge: whether access to the new tax option should be tied to certain conditions, such as cities promising to clear unauthorized encampments and banning safe injection sites.