Saturday, 26 May, 2018


Seattle Approves Tax on Amazon, Starbucks and Big Firms to Tackle Homelessness

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Conrad Doyle | 17 May, 2018, 07:18

Given that there is hot competition from other American cities to become home to Amazon's second headquarters, this stated apprehension about the Seattle's business climate, should give Seattle's City Council pause. The City Council essentially declared all-out war on the tech companies that have made Seattle such a Mecca for hip young people seeking cool jobs. "Those are the jobs that will leave first due to this tax".

But the affected large business groups, about 600 employers that have in turn benefited by Seattle's economic boom, have opposed the legislation and have even threatened the council.

Seattle-based Starbucks had harsh words for its hometown leaders.

"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.

The proposal by Seattle City Council aims to raise $75 million and these funds will be used to address the homelessness problem.

"People are dying on the doorsteps of prosperity".

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. "I think there's no question about that.They're not a saber-rattling, big-talking company and never have been".

Councilmember Lisa Herbold, a bill sponsor, said the revenue will not be enough to fully address the problem given the city's needs but said it was "the strongest proposal" possible given the veto threat. In recent years, the number of homeless individuals has ballooned to more than 11,000 in King County, with the vast majority of those residing inside the city limits of Seattle. Thanks to politicians' sympathetic ear when it comes to the plight of the rich, Amazon will pocket an estimated $789 million this year, easily offsetting the $10 million it'll pay Seattle to improve the city it calls home. It's a company, after all, that paid zero dollars in federal income taxes on $5.6 billion in revenue previous year. That approach makes sense only if the businesses that have made Seattle a thriving city are nailed to the ground.

"Drew Herdener, Amazon vice president, recently released a statement arguing, "[Seattle] does not have a revenue problem - it has a spending efficiency problem".

Mosqueda explained Wednesday that housing is becoming more and more necessary because the skyrocketing cost of housing in Seattle is causing more and more people to end up homeless. "I live in a little shed, but it's better than living in a tent or in a sleeping bag on the street", she said, "there's no away I can afford to live in Seattle".

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