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San Francisco Taxpayers Forced To Pay for Alcohol for Homeless Amid Skyrocketing Tax Rates

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Over the past few years, California has witnessed a surge in population decline. The state has seen a mass exodus like never before amid harsher economic conditions. From skyrocketing cost of living to controversial, “woke” initiatives funded by taxpayers’ money, the state seems to be experiencing a bad economic downturn.

Due to its unaffordable housing market, California contributes about 30% to the nation’s homelessness population. Furthermore, California’s tax rate, which was 13.3%, the highest income tax rate in the country, also increased dramatically to 14.4%.

As a result, most wealthy California residents are fleeing the state in droves to states with lower income tax rates. However, others who remain in the state despite the high taxes are outraged by a new taxpayer-funded program in San Francisco.

According to reports, San Francisco spends $5 million yearly on a program for the city’s homeless alcoholics. One would expect a reformation program or a program to help the city’s homeless alcoholics get over their addiction. However, the city spends millions of dollars on the Managed Alcohol Program (MAP).

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MAP is a program that provides free alcohol to the city’s homeless critics. When the program became public, many kicked against it, noting that it was a waste of taxpayers’ money. Others recommended other ways to help the city’s homeless alcoholics besides churning more alcohol into their throats.

However, city public health officials argue that the program’s benefits outweigh its costs. Health officials cited several advantages, including emergency room declines and reduced hospital visits, which relieve the city’s already stretched emergency services.

However, residents question the move, emphasizing that it is a waste of taxpayer money. Adam Nathan, a resident and chair of the Salvation Army San Francisco Metro Advisory Board, heavily criticized the move. He questioned the city’s approach, raising attention to the controversial program.

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Furthermore, Nathan described the program as a setup where people in the program “just walk in and grab a beer.” Nathan also claimed that the program was basically “giving out free beer to people who have alcohol use disorder.”

Like most taxpayers, Nathan questioned when the lawmakers approved the program and whether there were public hearings. “Why is it hidden in an old hotel?” Nathan asked, questioning the program’s legality.

Notably, Nathan isn’t the only resident criticizing the MAP program. Many argued that a good rehabilitation program would have been better than giving alcoholics more alcohol. However, city health officials argue that the program is an excellent way to help alcoholics manage their alcohol intake.

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Over the past months, California’s homelessness crisis has continued to skyrocket. According to reports, the state’s overall population experienced a decline for the third consecutive year in 2023.

As stated earlier, the state has experienced a mass exodus of taxpayers due to its high cost of living. However, those who remain must pay exorbitant tax rates and foot the bill for the state’s high spending and controversial programs.

As the state continues to grapple with mass exodus and the homeless crisis, the minimum wage hike continues to increase residents’ frustration. Hence, many residents condemned the MAP program.

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