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A tax on massive firms equivalent to Amazon that was meant to battle a rising homelessness disaster obtained rolled back throughout a raucous Seattle City Council assembly that uncovered divisions over how a lot firms which have fueled booming economies ought to assist pay to alleviate the downsides of success.
A divided crowd chanted, jeered and booed on the assembly, drowning out metropolis leaders as they solid a 7-2 vote Tuesday. People shouted, “Stop the repeal,” as others unfurled a big pink banner that learn, “Tax Amazon.” An opposing group held “No tax on jobs” indicators.
The vote confirmed Amazon’s capacity to aggressively push again on authorities taxes, particularly in its prosperous hometown the place it is the most important employer with greater than 45,000 staff and the place it has been criticized for contributing to a widening revenue hole.
It stays to be seen whether or not Seattle’s retreat can have a chilling impact on different cities contemplating taxes on large tech firms to assist mitigate the consequences of development.
The City Council in Mountain View, California, the place Google is predicated, will vote June 26 on whether or not to place an identical measure earlier than voters in November. The “Google tax,” which has unanimous assist from the council, goals to alleviate transportation woes and excessive housing prices within the Silicon Valley metropolis south of San Francisco.
Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel stated Seattle’s about-face hasn’t modified his assist for the tax, the main points of which the council and metropolis directors have been engaged on for a number of months.
AirTalk seems at whether or not the Seattle vote will impression different cities contemplating an identical measure.
With recordsdata from the Associated Press
Lenny Siegel, mayor of the City of Mountain View, who has proposed the so-called “Google tax” in his metropolis