Skip to comments.Seattle approves tax on businesses like Amazon, Starbucks to fight homelessness
Posted on 05/14/2018 5:24:41 PM PDT by EdnaMode
The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness.
The council on Monday unanimously backed a compromise tax plan that will charge large businesses about $275 per full-time worker a year. Its lower than the $500-per-worker tax initially proposed.
The tax would begin in 2019 and raise about $48 million a year to pay for affordable housing and homeless services.
Some council members acknowledged it wasnt enough to address urgent housing needs but conceded they couldnt get the six votes needed to override a potential veto by the mayor.
Other cities have implemented similar taxes, but critics say Seattles tax could threaten the booming local economy and drive away jobs.
Supporters say businesses that have benefited from Seattles prosperity and contributed to growing income inequality should pay.
“I see you have some money there. Give it to me.”
Amazon can just donate crates and boxes for the homeless to live in. Wouldn’t cost Amazon a dime and supply the homeless with new building materials.
Can’t Bezos get a Hawaiian judge to approve an injunction?
They could cut welfare to illegal aliens. What, what am I talking about? They’re the first priority!
The modern day vagrants, hobo’s, bums my grandad talks about.
In response to the tax, Starbucks issued an apology for racism and volunteered to let Seattle’s homeless sleep in its coffeehouses.
Ok, Amazon, Starbucks, next move is yours. Let’s see if you have the courage to move out of Seattle as you suggested you might do if this horrendous bill was passed.
Do the supporters of this new tax not understand that the city is prosperous because of the businesses not the other way around.
Cities across the nation would like to thank Seattle for making them more attractive to large employers.
Yeah, higher taxes solve every problem. I was thinking: if taxes will stop global warming, how about a big tax on Hawaiians to stop Kilauea from erupting?
Sweet, solve homelessness by encouraging companies to leave and homeless to come. Nice plan. Perhaps I can convice our mayor to bus our homeless there
Moving to a town near you and bringing all their lib employees with them? That’s the new problem with big corporations moving out of lib strongholds.
And just how much housing and homeless services will actually be created with the $48 million and how much will actually go to bike paths, art works near city hall and empty piss-stained “green” busses
“Supporters say businesses that have benefited from Seattles prosperity and contributed to growing income inequality should pay.”
These fricking idiots. Seattle has benefited from the businesses’ prosperity. I know that living in the suburbs of Seattle, every time I buy something off of Amazon I pay the sales tax - some goes to the state, some county. Of course, even if Amazon moves away the state will still get that sales tax.
Raise taxes on soda to reduce soda sales.
Raise taxes on cigarettes to reduce sales.
Of course, to liberals, businesses should also be include in the realm of sin taxes.
And vice -versa, subsidize solar energy to increase sun farms. Subsidize Tesla to increase electric cars. Subsidize homelessness to increase homelessness.
Very insightful. Sounds like where I live (a Peoples Republic with tax money wasted on “public art”.
Remember Rachel Corrie!!
Recall the old joke?
Join the war on poverty and kill a poor person.
Sadly, it’s about as rational as as this bovine excretion.
What stops those liberal owned businesses from moving outside the city limits?
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