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    Stakes high as Seattle considers business tax for homeless

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s latest tax proposal to combat homelessness takes aim at large businesses such as Amazon that have helped drive the city’s economic boom.
    But the measure has sparked intense debate — even shouting matches in otherwise reserved Seattle — over who should pay to solve the housing crisis exacerbated by that growth.
    The City Council is proposing a tax on employee hours to raise about $75 million a year for affordable housing and homelessness services. Nearly 600 large employers making at least $20 million in gross revenues would pay about $500 a year per worker.


    Amazon, the city’s largest employer, would take the biggest hit.
    Supporters insist the online retailer and others that have benefited from Seattle’s prosperity and contributed to growing income inequality and skyrocketing rents can and should pay.

    Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, a socialist, said affordable housing is critically important and the council should “stand up to Amazon and Jeff Bezos’ bullying.” Construction workers chanted “no head tax” and disrupted a news conference she held last week on Amazon’s campus.
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    Imagine their surprise when the largest, most prosperous companies leave.
    Call your state legislators and insist they approve the Article V convention of States to propose amendments.

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    Sawant should marry Bernie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterVeritis View Post
    Imagine their surprise when the largest, most prosperous companies leave.
    Here we are calling it "the head tax". The Seattle city council has been hearing from all business people in the city. Opposition to this is as close to universal as you can get. Unfortunately the Seattle city council is dominated by genuine socialists.

    Some of the biggest and most prosporous businesses won't be effected as they are not within the taxing authority of the city. Amazon is and they have made their position in opposition clear. So have many of the employees of Amazon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahuyaman View Post
    Here we are calling it "the head tax". The Seattle city council has been hearing from all business people in the city. Opposition to this is as close to universal as you can get. Unfortunately the Seattle city council is dominated by genuine socialists.

    Some of the biggest and most prosporous businesses won't be effected as they are not within the taxing authority of the city. Amazon is and they have made their position in opposition clear. So have many of the employees of Amazon.
    Those who fall within the clutches of the Socialists who run the city will run away from the city.
    Call your state legislators and insist they approve the Article V convention of States to propose amendments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterVeritis View Post
    Those who fall within the clutches of the Socialists who run the city will run away from the city.

    They already are because Seattle is becoming a city where only the very wealthy can afford to live there.


    The problem is that those who flee Seattle, bring their screw-ball ideas with them. For some reason they seem to believe that if they implement those same ideas elsewhere, they will get a different result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahuyaman View Post
    They already are because Seattle is becoming a city where only the very wealthy can afford to live there.


    The problem is that those who flee Seattle, bring their screw-ball ideas with them. For some reason they seem to believe that if they implement those same ideas elsewhere, they will get a different result.
    Like a Pike Street, socialist ideal, export market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HawkTheSlayer View Post
    Like a Pike Street, socialist ideal, export market.
    A small apartment overlooking the market is out of the price range of most people. I still like going there for an occasional breakfast. I also enjoy listening to some of the street musicians who hang out there. The throwing of the salmon has become a touristy cliché though.

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    They seem to have no limits to their desire to run businesses away.
    "The powers of the federal government are enumerated; it can only operate in certain cases; it has legislative powers on defined and limited objects, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction." James Madison 1788

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    Seattle City Council unanimously voted to tax the city's largest businesses, such as Amazon and Starbucks. The plan charges big employers about $275 per full-time worker each year, to boost funding for homelessness. Update

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