Welcome to communism, folks! Two big Lefties, Amazon and Starbucks are furious over being taxed for homelessness. The Seattle City Council approved a tax on major employers to help fund homeless services. They city plans to skim $540 from each employee per year to help with the cause.
Seattle City Council members voted 9-0 to impose the tax on large companies to help the homeless. The city has nearly 12,000 homeless people.
Seattle is introducing a new tax on large employers that will help fund homelessness and affordable housing programs—despite opposition from companies such as Amazon.
However, the version of the tax that the City Council agreed to on Monday will be far less onerous than the draft that led Amazon to suspend construction on a new office tower in a not-so-subtle threat over providing further employment in Seattle.
Amazon had some tough words for its hometown:
“We are disappointed by today’s City Council decision to introduce a tax on jobs,” Amazon said in a statement. “While we have resumed construction planning for Block 18, we remain very apprehensive about the future created by the council’s hostile approach and rhetoric toward larger businesses, which forces us to question our growth here.”
Seattle has a serious homelessness problem that has been exacerbated by the growth in high-paying jobs there, thanks to big employers such as Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing.
So, at the end of April, the Seattle City Council released draft legislation that would force companies with revenues of over $20 million in the city to pay 26 cents for each hour worked by a Seattle-based employee, or roughly $540 per head per year.
So Jeff Bezos, a major funder of the Democratic Party and owner of The Washington Post, dislikes higher taxes on his own profits? It's hypocrisy of the highest order.
It's interesting that these CEOs voted in the liberals who imposed this growth tax on them and now they are crying about it. They got exactly what they voted for. As soon as you threaten a leftists personal money, all bets are off. It’s perfectly fine as long as it’s other people’s money.
Maybe someday the billionaire liberals will learn that liberals don't want to help the homeless; they want to generate as many as possible by subsidizing their lifestyle and securing the proxy votes of yet another "identity" group willing to trade their political power for a pittance.