The Seattle City Council has repealed its infamous “Amazon tax” only a month after the measure passed. Council members who had voted in favor of the tax, which passed unanimously last month, voted to repeal it rather than leave the measure up to voters.
The per-head tax would have cost companies $275 per full-time employee per year with the goal of raising $47 million annually to help homeless people. Amazon, the main company targeted with the proposed tax, threatened to leave the city over it.
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Amazon, Starbucks and the Northwest Grocery Association teamed up to fight the tax with an initiative called No Tax on Jobs, a referendum campaign that had garnered more than twice the number of signatures needed to put the tax measure before voters on the November ballot.
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On today’s show, Glenn really wanted to know who’s running Seattle because they’re not doing a great job. A council member called the tax repeal “a complete betrayal of the working class.”
Glenn found the opposite true: “This tax was a betrayal to the working people.”