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Resource ID: #26100
Subject: Parking
Source: KING-TV (Seattle)
Date: 2013-11-13



No one likes a parking ticket. But in Seattle parking citations became more unpopular in 2011 when the city raised its street parking rates to among the highest in the country and unleashed an army of enforcement officers to paper windshield's all over the Emerald City in what many citizens saw as a money grab in a poor economy. KING 5's investigation into whether the program was operating in an even-handed fashion uncovered the top violators who were not paying their tickets. We revealed a program that was cracking down on many average citizens while giving a free pass to a select group of politically connected, billion-dollar businesses. In the wake of KING 5's reporting, the city came up with a simple fix that could generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional revenue from chronic violators. Also, several state-lawmakers pledged to sponsor bills to erase state laws that give big companies favorable treatment.

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