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‘What a mess’: Texts by Seattle mayor, council member shed light on head-tax repeal

Newly released text conversations between Mayor Jenny Durkan and a union boss and a multimillionaire entrepreneur underscore how dire polling results helped drive Seattle officials to abruptly flip-flop on the …

Seattle’s head tax is dead, but political debate may reverberate

Seattle’s head tax didn’t last long, but the thud from City Hall when the tax on large employers was put to the sword this month may reverberate. Business lobbyists who …

Lawsuit accuses Seattle of violating open-meetings law before head-tax repeal vote

Three attorneys contend that each of the named city officials be fined and that the city bear their legal costs, but the lawsuit doesn’t ask that the council’s vote to …

Did Seattle violate open-meetings law before head-tax repeal vote?

Open-government advocates raised concerns Tuesday about Seattle officials’ abruptly scheduled special meeting to consider repealing the

UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018

Businesses get a win on head tax, but solution to Seattle homelessness crisis still elusive

Seattle leaders on Tuesday repealed a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks after a backlash from businesses, a stark reversal from a month ago when the City …

UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018

Seattle tax opposed by Amazon will likely be rescinded

Seattle city leaders say they’ll work to repeal a tax passed just last month on businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks designed to help pay for homeless services and affordable …

With push for referendum, debate over Seattle head tax hits the streets

Earlier this year, the big-business tax of $275 per employee, per year took shape inside City Hall, as City Council members sought money for low-income housing and homeless services. This …

UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018

Seattle’s head tax is bad for Washington business, panelists say

A panel at the Washington Policy Center’s “Solution Summit” discussed possible statewide implications of Seattle head tax Wednesday.

UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018

Amazon, Starbucks pledge $25,000 each to campaign for referendum on Seattle head tax

Amazon and Starbucks are among companies that have promised to cut large checks to a campaign collecting signatures for a referendum on Seattle’s head tax.

Spokane leaders have ‘no appetite’ for Seattle-like ‘head tax’ to address homelessness

Mayor David Condon and a majority of the Spokane City Council pointed to investments that have already been made in addressing housing issues within city limits that don’t necessitate taxing …

Group launches bid to repeal Seattle’s new tax on companies

A coalition of businesses in Seattle has started a campaign to repeal the city’s new tax on large businesses to help fund homeless services and affordable housing.

Seattle’s head-tax fight goes to the next round: How best to solve homelessness?

The next step for Seattle’s controversial new tax on big businesses is a crucial one: How best to spend its new $45 million head-tax revenue next year to get people …

Seattle City Council votes 9-0 for scaled-down head tax on large employers

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt a new tax on the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness.

UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018

Seattle approves business tax for homelessness

The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness.

Seattle City Council set to vote on controversial head tax for large employers

The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a proposal to tax the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness.

UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018

Seattle ‘head tax’ proposal advances to vote Monday

A proposal to tax large businesses in Seattle to pay for housing and homeless services has cleared a council committee and now heads to the council for a vote Monday.

UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018

Not just an ‘Amazon tax’: Some Seattle businesses join head-tax fight

Dozens of Seattle businesses not named Amazon are calling for the city to abandon its proposed head tax, which would raise money for affordable housing and homelessness services.

Durkan’s dilemma: Seattle mayor caught between fury over head tax, push to help homeless

Mayor Jenny Durkan is facing a homeless crisis, residents and business owners questioning Seattle’s spending, and City Council members pushing a tax on large employers that would raise $75 million …

UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018

Seattle panel urges ‘head tax’ to fund help for homeless

A Seattle task force is recommending the City Council adopt a $75 million-per-year “head tax” on high-grossing businesses to help address homelessness.