Skip to comments.Seattle reverses course on business tax after Amazon pressure
Posted on 06/12/2018 9:23:05 AM PDT by yesthatjallen
Just weeks after passing a new tax on big businesses, Seattle political leaders signaled late Monday they would reverse course and repeal it.
Mayor Jenny Durkan and city council President Bruce Harrell said in statements that they would end the tax, initially meant to combat rising homelessness in a city where housing prices have soared.
We heard you, Durkan and seven of the nine city council members said in a statement. This week, the City Council is moving forward with the consideration of legislation to repeal the current tax on large businesses to address the homelessness crisis.
Business groups, led by the citys largest employers like Amazon and Starbucks, had raised $200,000 in just a few weeks to gather signatures for a referendum challenging the new tax. They had planned to submit those signatures on Tuesday in an effort to place the referendum on the November ballot.
The announcement from Mayor Durkan and the City Council is the breath of fresh air Seattle needs, said Marilyn Strickland, who heads the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce. Repealing the tax on jobs gives our region the chance to address homelessness in a productive, focused and unified way.
The tax would have fallen on businesses that generated more than $20 million in revenue. The 585 businesses in the city that qualified would have faced a $275-per-employee tax, money that would have gone to pay for affordable housing and programs aimed at curbing homelessness.
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They are Poor Politicians to not recognize who runs them.
Don’t be lulled to sleep. They’ll be back, spurred on by the socialist on the council. The left is never satisfied.
Hey you commies...check this out! An evil corporation putting its boot on the necks of the oppressed. Again.
If the left weren’t so serious about screwing up the world, it would be a joke.
Yeah, we heard you. But we just ignored you.
Billionaire marxists think that YOU should be paying more in taxes, not them.
I thought the Socialists loved taxes. What’s the problem?
The city officials forgot who pays the taxes and faced ballot-box rejection and folded. Sadly, they’re still determined and will find another way to get this money. What they should instead do is wake up and realize the citizens of their community do not want to throw more money away on the homeless and these do-gooder endeavors that don’t really fix anything.
We are wealthy, uber-leftists. Taxes are not for us; taxes are for the little people.
Did Seattle just grow a brain? I hear San Francisco is moving their homeless to “settlements” to clean up the streets. Who’s next to grow some neurons, Los Angeles?
The thing I see about this is that the city could have taken care of these ‘homeless’ by two simple methods. Pick up those who have job potential and help them write resumes and apply for jobs. The second method is to pack them up and move them to fairly inexpensive surroundings way outside of the city. There’s no reason to pay upscale prices for homeless people who have no real return to the city in terms of value. I see the same problem in Washington DC and NY City. The NY City crowd wants to shovel out $40k a year on people with no return value.
HQ2 will be HQ1.
I want to see a quote from that Burka wearing Mooselimb council person who was more than happy to fleece Amazon just a few weeks ago.
“The second method is to pack them up and move them to fairly inexpensive surroundings way outside of the city.”
That ought to really delight the people that live way outside of the city./s
The thing I see about this is that the city could have taken care of these homeless by two simple methods.
Zero was way ahead of you ..
And don’t forget to add Honolulu to the list.
The checks cleared the bank.
This was a stupid tax, and the inmates took charge of the asylum here and passed their anti-capitalist, job-wrecking tax.
Durkan, apparently, isn’t immune to logic, or economics.
You bring 47,000 jobs to a city. Is there ANYTHING ELSE they can do for you??
They have a homeless problem because they CREATED a homeless problem, and now they can’t fix it without getting the rabid goats in their party all worked up.
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