The county of Miami-Dade collects a 1 percent sales tax for the purpose of dealing with the homeless. Progressive? Regressive?
The homeless are big users of services, and of course are also effectively tax-dodgers. Most people who are homeless are not so by choice and are not homeless for long, but the chronically homeless are often so by choice. Life gets overwhelming - and who hasn't dreamed of having no bills or taxes to pay?
How is it that so relatively few workers can support so many non-productives? Not just the homeless, also the young; the aged; the handicapped; the unemployed; the trust-funded; the incompetent. It's curious, I think. It indicates that the productive workers are fabulously productive (thanks, fossil fuels!). Since the workers for the most part are not big dollar earners it indicates that the actual tax dollars can't come from the workers for the most part (work comes from workers, wealth from the wealthy) It also indicates that a few simple measures would eliminate the debt. The biggest one would be to stop spending money occupying other regions of the globe. No nation or polity can afford that for long. Especially not one with a minority carrying the workload. If the rich and/or the homeless would like to go to work to pay off the debt then we can continue to occupy foreign lands.