Seattle Approves A Tax On Large Businesses

Seattle's largest businesses, including Amazon, are targeted in a new tax that aims to stem the city's homeless problem.

Seattle's City Council approved the tax on businesses that gross at least $20 million per year in the city.

They'll be required to pay 275 dollars per employee per year for aid measures, including affordable housing and emergency shelters.

Amazon had earlier halted construction on a building while objecting to the tax -  but has now resumed while making vague comments about their future in the city.

But it's not just Amazon that is upset.  I told you on the radio show that Seattle city council members were shocked at the outrage being expressed at community meetings.

A tax revolt in liberal Seattle? 

On my Tuesday radio show, Governor Kim Reynolds touted the passage of a tax cut in the just-concluded legislative session.  Democrats voted against the tax cut and plan to campaign against it in the upcoming election -  telling voters that most of the benefits will accrue to wealthy Iowans and out-of-state businesses.

But if the mood against higher taxes is souring in SEATTLE -  the left may find that a campaign against allowing businesses and taxpayers to keep more of the money they earn may not ultimately be a winner this fall.

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