Hours after a young man camped near the 50th street I-5 off-ramp was struck by a car and killed, Mayor Ed Murray spoke from the scene. And for the first time since he declared a homelessness state of emergency last November, he seemed to admit that his calls for help from the state and the feds were ringing hollow. Seattle, he said, would need to engage in a “conversation” around raising taxes to combat homelessness.

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