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What Seattle ‘head tax’ will cost Amazon

As Seattle’s largest employer, Amazon will pay more money than any other company when the city imposes its “head tax” in January to fund homelessness outreach. Amazon employs roughly 45,000 people in the Seattle area at its headquarters and other office space. That means the e-commerce giant will owe roughly $12.4 million annually through the…
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May 21, 2018 0

Spokane leaders have ‘no appetite’ for Seattle-like ‘head tax’ to address homelessness

Don’t expect a levy on businesses in Spokane to pay for homeless services, like the “head tax” approved this week in Seattle. Elected officials in Spokane said this week there was little appetite for such a move, citing previous investments in shelter services and the work of nonprofits to push affordable housing in the downtown…
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May 21, 2018 0

Morning after on the jobs tax: Whether it comes fast or slow, Seattle will face a reckoning

Last Sunday, I wrote that a jobs tax on large employers would both put Seattle’s competitiveness at risk and potentially hurt the income stream that allowed City Hall to spend ever-growing amounts on social services. The City Council passed it 9-0, albeit at $275 per employee annually, rather than $500, on companies that gross at least $20 million…
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May 19, 2018 0

Seattle voters, sign referendum to repeal head tax

Seattle voters now have a chance to remedy the city’s damaging head tax, a pivotal measure in the city’s long struggle to address homelessness. A coalition of employers, called No Tax on Jobs, on Friday began collecting signatures for a referendum that should appear on November’s ballot. Signature-gathering locations are being shared on a Facebook page,…
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May 19, 2018 0

Amazon, Starbucks blast Seattle City Council’s approval of head tax compromise

SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council on Monday approved a controversial but compromise head tax on large businesses to pay for programs for the homeless. The tax would raise about $48 million a year – less than the original proposal of $75 million but more than the $40 million that Mayor Jenny Durkan had proposed. Amazon, downtown Seattle’s economic giant, immediately blasted…
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May 18, 2018 0

Time to fight back: Repeal Seattle’s head tax

Since 2010, homelessness in many Washington state counties has gone down. But not here in Seattle and King County. In Seattle, starting way back in 2005, an unprecedented coalition of the city, county social service and homeless advocacy groups pledged more money, housing, services, counseling and outreach to “end homelessness” within 10 years. Not reduce…
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May 18, 2018 0

Seattle’s New Business Head Tax Law is Deeply Unpopular

The best that can be said for the Seattle City Council’s embrace of a $275 per-employee business head tax is that at least it isn’t $500 a head, as originally planned. Still, the city’s decision to tax employment is being panned all around, and rightly so. Former Governor Christine Gregoire, a Democrat, blasted the tax, saying,…
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May 18, 2018 0

Amazon Questions Growth In Region As Seattle Approves Head Tax

SEATTLE, WA – The Seattle City Council on Monday approved a new head tax, which will generate about $48 million to help address the city’s homelessness crisis. The head tax approved Monday is much lower than the one originally proposed, but it still angered Amazon, Seattle’s largest employer, to the point that an executive says…
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May 18, 2018 0