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Seattle mulls repealing controversial ‘head tax’ on employees

Last month, the city of Seattle passed a ludicrous anti-business tax that had socialists across the country cheering, but business groups blowing the city council a raspberry.

They called it a “head tax” – a $275 tax per employee on Seattle businesses over a certain size. The measure was designed to raise $47 million a year in new revenue.

The pushback from businesses has been intense and now, the city council may repeal the bill.

Washington Times:

The Seattle Times reported Monday night that Council President Bruce Harrell “without warning” scheduled a meeting for Tuesday to vote on repealing the $275-per-employee annual tax, with which the city hoped to raise $47 million annually to fund housing and anti-homelessness programs — a move widely praised by progressive activists nationwide.

According to the Times, Mr. Harrell, Mayor Jenny Durkan, and six other council members signaled their support for repealing the tax, which had provoked a furious backlash from businesses such as Amazon.

“Council members said polling and talks with constituents had persuaded them to change course,” the Times reported.

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