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Seattle council votes to repeal tax to help homeless amid opposition from Amazon, other businesses

June 13,2018 03:15

The Seattle City Council on Tuesday voted to repeal a tax hike on large employers that it instituted less than a month ago, backing down from a plan fiercely opposed by Amazon.com and much of the city's business community. With Amazon and Starbucks ...


The Seattle City Council voted to repeal a newly passed per-employee tax on big companies designed to raise funds for homeless services, a surprise move that came after fierce opposition from the business community and growing public debate.
The council passed the levy unanimously less than a month ago. On Tuesday, seven out of nine council members voted to repeal it in a special meeting which the council unusually opened up to the public, bringing tense, emotional arguments from all sides.
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