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Seattle to reverse and repeal new head tax after Amazon pressures city leaders

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Seattle city officials have committed to reversing a new tax on big businesses that garnered unanimous approval from the city council just a few weeks ago, The Hill reported.

Amazon and some of the city’s other largest employers, including Starbucks, quickly raised $200,000 to gather signatures for a referendum that would challenge the council’s decision. They planned to submit the signatures Tuesday in hopes of getting it placed on the November ballot.


But late Monday, Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Council President Bruce Harrell, who decided on the reversal over the weekend, issued statements signaling the reversal and repeal of the “head tax” that the Seattle City Council approved 9-0 last month.

“We heard you,” Durkan, along with seven of the nine City Council members, said in a statement. “This week, the City Council is moving forward with the consideration of legislation to repeal the current tax on large businesses to address the homelessness crisis.”


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