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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SEATTLE REVOLT: Amazon HALTS Expansion Plan Over ‘Homeless Tax’
Online retail giant Amazon paused its plan to build a 17-story high-rise office complex in the heart of Seattle Thursday, saying the city council’s new policy of taxing businesses to fight homelessness could derail the entire project.
The controversial legislation passed the Seattle City Council this week, placing a hefty tariff on large corporations to raise over $75 million to fight the region’s escalating homeless crisis and rising crime.
“I can confirm that pending the outcome of the head tax vote by City Council, Amazon has paused all construction planning on our Block 18 project in downtown Seattle and is evaluating options to sublease all space in our recently leased Rainer Square building,” said a spokesperson for Amazon.
The online giant employs over 40,000 workers in the Seattle area alone, and was planning to further increase its operations in the city until the council passed the “homeless tax.”
“The current reality on the streets of Seattle clearly shows the City Council’s approach to the biggest crisis facing our region has been inconsistent and ineffective,” said Seattle’s Chamber of Commerce.
WEST COAST CHAOS: Homeless Create ‘MAKESHIFT MANSIONS’ in Seattle
Homeless residents in Seattle, Washington bragged about creating a “makeshift mansion” in the shadow of the city’s famed Space Needle attraction; saying “If you can live on the street and not pay rent, then why would you pay rent?”
According to Fox News, a new “mega tent city” is growing directly underneath the region’s signature tourist attraction; surrounded by exclusive condominiums and apartments occupied by the city’s richest residents.
It is a form of protest,” said one of the “makeshift mansion” inhabitants. “We’re staking a claim. We’re refusing to cower in our tents.”
“We’ve got the doors, the couch, the table,” she added. “We’ve got the living room here, which is a mess right now because we’re still constructing, but we’re putting up the vinyl to cover it up, make it more attractive.”
A spokesperson for the city government said they have no plans -as of yet- to remove the tent city, but are trying to convince residents to “move elsewhere.”