The Seattle city council just voted 9-0 on an expansive tax that would seek to tax the city’s businesses that make over 20 million dollars a year in gross revenues. An earlier proposal that passed last week would have taxed businesses around $500 per employee per year. That measure — which passed 5-4 — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan threatened to veto if it reached her desk.
According to the city council, about 3 percent of Seattle businesses will be affected. The ordinance will sunset after five years in 2023 and will require the city council to vote again to continue the tax.
Businesses have been stating that they are strongly against the tax because it taxes gross and not net revenues, leading to some businesses with a very low margin of profit to reconsider whether staying within the Seattle city limits would be economically feasible.
Before the vote, council members were issuing their statements in favor of the proposal, “We have community members who are dying,” Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda said. “They are dying on our streets today because there is not enough shelter,” alluding to the near incessant debate over what some would call “obsession” by Seattle’s city council over what they call “affordable housing.”
City councilwoman and avowed socialist Kshama Sawant —one of the leading members of the 15NOW! movement that called for a $15 an hour minimum wage— has taken some heat in recent weeks for attacking opponents of the plan as “right-wing NIMBYists.”
Seattle city council member and avowed socialist Kshama Sawant was interviewed by a local news station where she attacks voters who showed up to protest the city’s head tax on employees for homeless housing as “right-wing NIMBYists.”
She later refuses to state that she is harming the debate by personally attacking her opponents, having also attacked Amazon and other businesses that don’t want to pay for employing people in the city of Seattle.
Also during the interview, she also calls upon the working classes to rise up and fight “the enemy,” which she describes as Jeff Bezos and other big businesses that she constantly agitates against. Watch:
Seattle city council member and avowed socialist Kshama Sawant is interviewed by a local news station where she attacks voters who showed up to protest the city’s tax on employees for homeless housing as “right-wing NIMBYists.”
Councilmember Kshama Sawant cast the only “no” vote Monday on an amendment that reduced the size of the tax to $275 per employee per year before later voting to pass the amended bill.
“There is no way this tax will be a burden on big businesses in Seattle,” Sawant said, slamming the mayor for siding with “Amazon billionaires.”