Second thoughts create a circus in Seattle

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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cash 100-dollar billThe liberal haven of Seattle has backtracked on its controversial "head tax" that would have affected corporate giants that employ thousands.

Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center says Tuesday's city council meeting was something of a circus, since the council's president couldn't control the raucous crowd.

"There was a lot of protests, both pro and con," Guppy recalls. "But the council did vote, as expected, to repeal the head tax that they had just enacted a month ago back in May."

The June 12 vote was 7-2 after a unanimous vote in May, The Associated Press, describing a meeting with chants, jeers, and boos, reported. 

Amazon logoSeattle planned to tax businesses making at least $20 million in gross revenues about $275 per full-time worker each year, using the new tax revenue to fight homelessness.

The $275 figure was actually a drop from the original plan of $500 per employee at corporate giants Amazon and Starbucks.

Amazon is the city's largest employer, with 45,000 workers, and it vocally fought the proposal.  

"I think what it shows is a growing discontent in Seattle for the level of taxation that there is, and also the fact that homelessness programs appear to be ineffective," Guppy tells OneNewsNow.

Seattle has already spent over a billion dollars on homeless programs, with nothing to show for it, he adds.

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