Durkan signs Seattle's head-tax ordinance into law

A council chamber packed mostly with rowdy, shouting supporters of the tax erupted in cheers and sign waving Monday once the 9-0 vote was recorded.

This disclosure comes amidst a pushback by the online retail giant against a proposal by the Seattle City Council which aims to tax large corporations based on the number of employees.

The money raised supposedly will help Seattle cope with its homelessness crisis, but in squeezing the tech industry, the progressives on the City Council have forgotten something: If you tax something, you risk getting less of it, and certainly fewer jobs isn't the answer to helping the city's homeless.

Former CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder on Amazon's "disappointment" over the passing of Seattle's new head tax.

An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017, in Seattle. "Those are the jobs that will leave first due to this tax".

Of Seattle's largest employers - a group that includes Nintendo, Microsoft, and Expedia - two stand to be hit the hardest: Amazon and Starbucks. "I think [Amazon] will definitely stop or slow its growth in Seattle if the tax passes", she told Geekwire. Four bill sponsors initially pitched a tax of $500 per full-time employee a year but a compromise proposal emerged over the weekend after they could not muster six votes needed to override a potential veto by Mayor Jenny Durkan.

"They're driving this economic engine", he said. "So I do not think this [temporarily halting construction] is a maneuver". In 2015 a state of emergency was declared over the homelessness problem by Seattle as well as King County. "Mary's Place is helping me find a job and makes sure my son gets to the preschool he adores", one recipient of services there says on the website, "I don't know what I would do without them".

About 1,000 people move to the area every week, according to U.S. Census data, putting it among the nation's fastest growing cities. "I understand there are very strong passions and genuine policy differences between neighbors, businesses, community leaders and people across our City on how to best address this crisis, but I know we can be a City that continues to invent the future and come together to build a more affordable, inclusive, and just future for all who call this great City home". It accused the city of spending without accountability while ignoring that hundreds of children sleep outside.

"If they can not provide a warm meal and safe bed to a 5-year-old child, no one believes they will be able to make housing affordable or address opiate addiction", said Kelly. It should reexamine existing programs meant to help the homeless and make sure they are working.

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