November 6, 2013
Anti-panhandling ordinances are under fire in Boise and elsewhere. When you consider that many of the people in question admit that they pull in $30-$40 grand a year, I don’t think that stopping them from making public nuisances of themselves is really a bad thing.
If they can make a living at it, more power to them; but other people who set up shop on the street—food vendors, knockoff-purse sellers, etc.—need permits, and can’t do it just any old where.
I’m picturing booths at street corners with Panhandler Permits prominently displayed.