And I don't think your proposal works, but it really doesn't matter. That's not the system we have, but you have the same right I do to try to change it and enforce your priorities on me and the rest of your community, including the powerful business community. Good luck getting e.g. GE to agree to pay a fee for every contract it signs!
April Fool's Day is the one day of the year
that people critically evaluate news articles before accepting them as true.
Now how about doing some research of your own and find out how much it costs per month to keep someone in jail (it's over $100 per day...which means it's over $3000 per month per person, which is a heck of a lot more than a freaking studio apartment). Add to that the cost of additional police presence, and the costs of the lawyers and judges. And don't forget the costs of the emergency rooms where the homeless go so often, claiming they have this or that problem just so they can have a warm, safe place to sit down for a while.
“To do evil, a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good" - Solzhenitsyn
"...with the terrorists, you have to take out their families." - Donald Trump