Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Seattle City Council Votes 9-0 for Head Tax on Amazon and Other Large Businesses

With crazed lefties in the room carrying "Tax Amazon" signs, the Seattle city council voted Monday night 9-0 to pass a new head tax on for-profit companies that gross at least $20 million per year in the city.

The head tax voted on was for $275 per employee of the covered firms rather than an original $500-per-head tax.

Having paused construction planning on an office tower over the larger proposal, Amazon now will move ahead with it, a spokesman said after the vote. But the company’s plans to occupy a skyscraper under construction are still up the air, he said, according to the Seattle Times.

“We are disappointed by today’s City Council decision to introduce a tax on jobs,” Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener 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.”

Of course, what the head tax will do is eliminate some part-time jobs as it will be cost efficient to hire one full time over two or three people who are just looking for part-time work. And no doubt this will pick up the intensity of Amazon's search for a "second" headquarters in a different city.

It is claimed by the council that the head tax funds generated will be used to fight the rampant homeless problem and opium problem in the city but not even the lefty Starbucks, which also has its headquarters in Seattle, believes that.

“If they cannot provide a warm meal and safe bed to a five-year-old child, no one believes they will be able to make housing affordable or address opiate addiction,” said John Kelly, the company’s top public-affairs executive.

Socialist city council member Kshama Sawant argued for the larger proposed head tax.  “There is no way this tax will be a burden on big businesses in Seattle,” the business-hating Sawant said.

-Robert Wenzel  


  1. I want to thank Seattle in anticipation of my hearty belly laugh when Amazon leaves town and the city's tax revenue drops to zero.

    1. At least that’ll solve their housing costs problem...

  2. How did government get so clueless .... ohhh yeah nevermind that is their most consistent trait