Giant, left-leaning corporations based on the West Coast slammed Seattle’s new “homeless tax,” saying the city council went too far in levying massive tariffs against large companies to help fight the city’s exploding homeless population.
Corporate executives from Amazon and Starbucks -two of the region’s largest employers- unloaded on the local government this week; adding the city shouldn’t punish growing companies for their “spending problem.”
“The city does not have a revenue problem – it has a spending efficiency problem,” Drew Herdener, Amazon vice president, said in a statement. “We are highly uncertain whether the city council’s anti-business positions or its spending inefficiency will change for the better.”
“If they cannot 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,” added Starbucks’ John Kelly.
The so-called “Head Tax” will charge companies that earn gross revenue over $20 million per year $275 per full-time employee; hoping to raise nearly $50 million to help the city fight the escalating housing crisis.
“We have community members who are dying,” said one councilmember. “They are dying on our streets today because there is not enough shelter.”
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