Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Seattle City Council Approves Tax on Large Businesses Such As Amazon

Seattle City Council Approves Tax on Large Businesses Such As Amazon

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The tax passed today by the council will raise $48 million a year and will be revisited in five years.

The more robust proposal drew opposition from city hall, several members of the council, and construction workers' unions, according to The Times.

"A tax on jobs at any level is bad economic policy and will negatively impact Seattle's economy and city tax revenues", Downtown Seattle Association spokesperson James Sido wrote in a statement. From member station KUOW in Seattle, Carolyn Adolph reports. People recognize Seattle as the hub of this area. Beyond that, the city makes developers of new buildings contribute funds for affordable housing and job training, and leverages new buildings for a host of other community needs - costs that are typically passed on in the form of higher rent. And homelessness has exploded.

MIKE O'BRIEN: We have to build a lot more affordable housing, and that takes money.

Now the mayor and City Council have to decide whether to take this threat seriously. (An attempt to tax the rich in Seattle was struck down by a King County Superior Court judge past year.) As such, the state has the most regressive tax system in the country, with low-income residents paying a larger share of their income than wealthier residents.

Durkan said in a news conference Monday she planned to sign the bill.

Amazon wasn't the only company left grumbling.

Apple Hit With Class Action Over Faulty MacBook Keyboard
When one or more of the keys on the keyboard fail, the MacBook can no longer serve its core function: "typing", the suit said. Several customers complained that they have had to go up to a week without their MacBooks while they were being repaired.

The senator believes he can prove the head tax is illegal.

The compromise measure emerged over the weekend after Mayor Jenny Durkan indicated Friday that she wouldn't support the tax at the higher rate. "I will not impugn the integrity or the motives of any of my colleagues because you are my colleagues", Juarez said.

UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER: (Yelling) No head tax. Seattle reportedly has the third-largest concentration of homeless people in the United States. Now 20 places are on the company's short list.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: They can't be the only company that's thinking about leaving. He stressed one of his city's key pillars, "Bellevue is open for business" but expressed concern over the message the tax sends about the broader Seattle metropolitan region. It's way too expensive.

As Ed pointed out earlier this month, the battle over the tax is being waged between one of the nation's largest companies and one of the nation's most socialist city councils. They also rejected the mayor's proposal to cut the tax in half. The CEO of Zillow called the tax "misguided" and suggested his company might also look at expansion outside of Seattle. "This will be a historic victory", Sawant told CHS Saturday before she led about 200 protesters in a "March on Amazon."

TREVOR ROBINSON: For those who are afraid that this tax would result in losing your jobs, your fear is absolutely valid.

We urge you to prosecute Amazon for the felony of Intimidating a Public Servant to the fullest extent of the law. While the $275 figure is nearly half the originally proposed tax of $500 per employee, it still means Amazon will face an extra yearly tax bill of $11 million in the city.

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