Seat­tle lead­ers face rau­cous de­bate on Ama­zon tax roll­back

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

SEAT­TLE » An­gry peo­ple at a Seat­tle City Coun­cil meet­ing shouted for more time to dis­cuss a vote Tues­day on re­peal­ing a tax on large busi­nesses like Ama­zon that aimed to raise money to fight a home­less­ness cri­sis.

Sup­port­ers and op­po­nents of the tax were talk­ing for about an hour be­fore Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Bruce Har­rell gave them more time. City lead­ers said they plan to re­peal the tax just a month af­ter unan­i­mously ap­prov­ing it as they faced mount­ing pres­sure from com­pa­nies.

The quick sur­ren­der showed the power of Ama­zon to help rally op­po­si­tion and ag­gres­sively push back on taxes at all lev­els of gov­ern­ment, even in its af­flu­ent home city where the in­come gap is ever widen­ing and low­er­in­come workers are be­ing priced out of hous­ing. It has re­sulted in one of the high­est home­less­ness rates in the U.S.

Ama­zon tem­po­rar­ily halted con­struc­tion plan­ning on a new high­rise build­ing near its Seat­tle head­quar­ters in protest.

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