Most of you have heard of the new “Head Tax” Seattle is about to enact to hit business in the city. They are about to approve charging big companies up to $500 per employee per year, in order to pay for more services for the increasing numbers of homeless people in the city (maybe brought here by the services offered?). Well, as reported in a very good article on the KOMO News Web site, Amazon has called Seattle’s bluff. They have put a halt to many of the construction projects they have going downtown, and held off on leasing more office space.
Some of the remarks of Seattle City Council members are positively disgusting. These people are dead set on killing the “golden goose” who has been a pretty good corporate citizen so far. Here is what Mike O’Brien and Socialist Khshama Sawant have to say:
Two supporters of the tax, City Council members Kshama Sawant and Mike O’Brien, seemed unmoved by Amazon’s decision.
“I understand Amazon doesn’t like it. I’m sure they would love to go to a city that has no taxes. And maybe they will find that place,” O’Brien said.
Added Sawant, “Amazon is perfectly capable of paying that, double, even four times that.”
I normally don’t like Amazon much, as they are said to be a difficult, if well-paying, place to work, but I am behind them 100% on this. Go, Jeff Bezos!
EDIT ON THURSDAY, MAY 3:
KOMO News does it again! It seems that the city council person who a local radio host calls “Iwanna Iwanna”, tried to give a press conference near the Amazon construction site. It also seems that the workers there were not big supporters of the “Amazon Tax” (this is in her words). Link has more than one video for your viewing pleasure.