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Seattle to repeal homeless-aid tax after Amazon objects

11 monthes ago   |   By Boston Herald

SEATTLE - Amazon balked, and Seattle is backing down. City leaders said they plan to repeal a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks as they face mounting pressure from businesses, an about-face just a month after unanimously approving the measure to help pay for efforts to combat a growing homelessness crisis.
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Seattle Backs Down On Business Tax After Amazon Flexes Its Muscle

11 monthes ago   |   By CBS

SEATTLE - Amazon balked and Seattle is backing down.
City leaders said they plan to repeal a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks as they face mounting pressure from businesses, an about-face just a month after unanimously approving the measure to help pay for efforts to combat a growing homelessness crisis.
The quick surrender showed the power of Amazon to help rally opposition and aggressively push back on taxes at all levels of government, even in its affluent home city where the income gap is ever widening and lower-income workers are being priced out of housing. It has...
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Amazon Crushes a Small Tax That Would Have Helped the Homeless

11 monthes ago   |   By Vanity Fair

Seattle quickly walked back a tax on major businesses that would raise money for affordable housing after Amazon threatened to stop construction in the city.
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