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Seattle Repeals Tax On Big Business After Opposition From Amazon, Starbucks


Added 06-13-18 08:07:02am EST - “The companies funded opposition to the tax that would have raised money to help with Seattle's ongoing homeless problem. Critics worried about homelessness growing despite millions spent already.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Seattle Repeals Tax On Big Business After Opposition From Amazon, Starbucks”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Supporters and opponents of a tax face off at Seattle City Hall on Tuesday. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

In a victory for Amazon, the Seattle City Council voted to repeal a tax on the city's biggest businesses Tuesday, a measure designed to fund efforts to combat Seattle's large homeless population.

In a meeting punctured with shouting from activists, council members voted 7-2 to repeal the so-called "head tax," which would have raised about $47 million per year to fund affordable housing projects and to help the city's homeless population.

It was a sharp reversal from just last month, when the council voted unanimously to pass the tax and the city's mayor signed it into law.

Amazon, Starbucks and other companies then funded a campaign against the tax and to put it on a referendum to voters in November.

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