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By unanimous vote, the Seattle City Council on Monday adopted a plan to charge large businesses $275 for each full-time employee – essentially a “head tax” on working people – to finance multi-million-dollar scheme to serve the homeless, and the political tremors are just beginning.
Self-admitted Socialist Councilwoman Kshama Sawant had pushed for a $500 head tax, and initially voted against the smaller amount, which was described as a “compromise.” In the end, however, she joined her council colleagues to make it a unanimous vote.
Reaction - City - Businesses - Blunt - KIRO
Reaction from two of the city’s biggest businesses was swift and blunt. According to KIRO News, the local CBS affiliate, Amazon Vice President Drew Herdener issued a written statement:
“We are disappointed by today’s City Council decision to introduce a tax on jobs. While we have resumed construction planning for Block 18, we remain very apprehensive about the future created by the council’s hostile approach and rhetoric toward larger businesses, which forces us to question our growth here. City of Seattle revenues have grown dramatically from $2.8B in 2010 to $4.2B in 2017, and they will be even higher in 2018. This revenue increase far outpaces the Seattle population increase over the same time period. The city does not have a revenue problem – it has a spending efficiency problem. We are highly uncertain whether the city council’s anti-business positions or its spending inefficiency will change for the better.”
Seattle - P-Icom - Herdener - Statement - Amazon
Earlier, the Seattle P-I.com quoted Herdener from a statement he emailed that said Amazon is “apprehensive about the future created by the council’s hostile approach and rhetoric toward larger businesses, which forces us to question our growth here.”
That was later followed by a statement from John Kelly, Starbucks’ Senior Vice President for Global...
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