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Traffic Reduction Focus

A plan to redirect some transit funds to tax incentives for employers that offer work from home plans.

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A plan to redirect some transit funds to tax incentives for employers that offer work from home plans. Please note that these numbers are placeholders and that further research is required to determine effective incentive amounts, scheduling and zoning. Incentive examples: $1,000 per participating employee per year. Fixed amount: $100,000 exemption if at least 55% of employees participate. Scale the incentive per employee who can work remote per day per week they can work remote. e.g. $3,000 yearly incentive for each employee who can work 3 days remote per week. Provide other incentives for businesses moving to Austin that will hire at least 30% of employees who live within 100 miles and can work from home at least two days a week. Participating would be defined as the employee is allowed to work from home within the designated limit, but can elect to work from the office. However, the employee must not suffer any retaliation (or other negative effect) for choosing to work from home. Zoning: Business Name: Monday - A-D, Tuesday E-J, etc. Zone by Zip Code using ZIP+4 to alternate between adjacent areas. Zone by Business Sector. Zone by Employer ID, etc.

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This is a good idea, but the money should not come from transit, since transit needs more money to operate well, not less. Take the money from road projects or other areas.