Seattle quickly walked back a tax on major businesses that would have raised money for affordable housing after Amazon threatened to stop construction

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Did the Head Tax Repeal Kill

- thestranger.com
13 Jun 2018
The headlines are almost uniform. New York Times : "Seattle Officials Repeal Tax That Upset Amazon." Atlantic : "How Amazon Helped Kill a Seattle Tax On Business." NPR : "Seattle Repeals Tax On Big Business After Opposition From Amazon, Starbucks." CNN : "Seattle just killed the 'Amazon tax' it passed four weeks ago." CNBC : "Seattle votes to repeal new tax law following ...

Seattle Poised to Repeal Tax on Big Businesses After Protests From Starbucks, Amazon

13 Jun 2018
Several big businesses, led by Amazon, which employs 45,000 workers in Seattle, objected to the tax. Amazon put a hold on projects that would have added another 7,000 new jobs in the city, and began exploring options to sublease thousands of square feet of downtown office space.
- freebeacon.com

In dramatic reversal that leaves city divided over homeless crisis

- geekwire.com
13 Jun 2018
Amazon paused construction on its Block 18 office tower and said it was reconsidering moving into the massive Rainier Square development , pending the city's vote. Mayor Durkan stepped in and brokered a compromise, bringing the tax down to $275 per employee. The Council unanimously approved the plan. Amazon resumed construction on Block 18 but is still weighing its options ...

Social Justice and Reality Combine

13 Jun 2018
Sawant ended up getting enough support on the Seattle City Council through crowds and megaphones to pass the measure creating a head tax, and the mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, after Amazon said they would stop all new construction if the head tax passed at $500/head, managed to get the tax reduced to $275/head instead, mollifying both sides.
- mark.orbum.net

Seattle repeals 'head tax' after backlash from Amazon, Starbucks

- truepundit.com
13 Jun 2018
"Today's vote by the Seattle City Council to repeal the tax on job creation is the right decision for the region's economic prosperity," Amazon vice president and spokesman Drew Herdener said in a statement. "We are deeply committed to being part of the solution to end homelessness in Seattle and will continue to invest in local nonprofits like Mary's Place and FareStart ...
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