Following a weekend of negotiations between Seattle City Council members and Mayor Jenny Durkan, the council voted unanimously Monday to adopt a new tax on the city's largest employers to help address homelessness.
After the Seattle City Council vote on Monday, the Transit Riders Union, which is affiliated with the Housing for All Coalition, said the new tax would begin alleviating the city's housing crisis.
For Seattle's liberal City Council, the discussion Monday centered not so much on whether there should be a head tax but how big it should be.
Even though the company made a decision to resume one of its building projects, Drew Herdener, an Amazon vice president, said in a statement, "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".
Durkan also took to Twitter after the head tax passed, stating there will be accountability and oversight regarding how the new revenue is spent, and that includes forming an oversight committee, hiring an economist and making sure people are exiting homelessness. Free for 14 days - no credit card required!
The head tax has ignited something of an existential debate for Seattle over its monumental growth. The tax that made it across the finish line is actually smaller than the original proposal the city was considering.
Other cities have implemented similar taxes, but critics say Seattle's tax could threaten the booming local economy and drive away jobs.
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Herdener then turned the tables, suggesting the people holding the city's purse strings are the problem. Almost 600 employers - about 3 percent of all Seattle businesses - would pay the tax starting in 2019. "If they can not provide a warm meal and safe bed to a five-year-old, no one believes they will be able to make housing affordable address or opiate addiction".
Councilmember Lisa Herbold, a bill sponsor, said the revenue isn't enough to fully address the problem given the city's dire needs and human suffering but it was "the strongest proposal" they could put forward given the veto threat.
John Kelly, senior vice president, Global Public Affairs & Social Impact at Starbucks, blasted the proposal in a statement released by the company.
"City of Seattle revenues have grown dramatically from $2.8B in 2010 to $4.2B in 2017, and they will be even higher in 2018".
"They're driving this economic engine", he said.
Overall, around three percent of Seattle businesses will be hit by the tax, which is set to last for five years. "We are highly uncertain whether the City Council's anti-business positions or its spending inefficiency will change for the better", Amazon Vice President Drew Herdener said in a statement. Separately, the company has committed more than $40 million to two groups: the Mary's Place shelters for homeless families, including space in company buildings; and the FareStart non-profit organization for homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and kids, including space and equipment for FareStart restaurants.
Today, Microsoft is announcing its Surface Hub 2 with a bunch of new features to silence the competition once again. Up to four Surface Hub 2s can be mounted alongside one another, or a single hub can be placed on a rolling easel.
Late Friday afternoon, SpaceX successfully launched and landed the Block 5 upgrade of its Falcon 9 rocket for the first time. Scheduled to launch Thursday, the launch got unexpectedly scrubbed within a minute of its expected launch.
Pant got stuck into the paceman and smashed him for 18 runs, 11 more than what he had conceded off his first two overs. He took 13 runs off Shakib's last over and in the process recorded his fourth fifty of the season, off only 36 balls.
Now, it looks like he's going to dominate in that galaxy far far away, and we can't wait to see what he's got in store for us. All-told, it was an exhausting and exhilarating trip spent experiencing all that Nissan and Star Wars have to offer.
Now he's claiming the whole thing could drag out for months. "I think he's going to get himself in serious trouble". On the Mueller front, Giuliani's recent spin is making as little sense as his hush-money explanations.
Lamela tapped home to make it 3-2, then a shot was deflected off Christian Fuchs and in to make it 3-3 four minutes later. Vardy then made it 4-4 as Mahrez timed his pass perfectly and Vardy smashed home his 20th goal of the PL season in style.
And it didn't match the $19.5 million opening of Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn's Snatched over Mother's Day weekend past year . On Saturday, it became the second-fastest film to cross the US$500 million mark at the domestic box office.
That's probably the least you can do to show your mother how much you love her and everything she does for you on a daily basis. Nothing in this world can be borne without a mother. "Thanks for letting me take credit for how well you've raised our kids".
The Jolly LLB 2 actress is attending the film festival in association with a liquor brand, which is also hosting Kangana Ranaut . Husson is one of three female filmmakers out of the 21 movies in competition for the Palme d'Or this year.
The Magic are taking Lil' Penny to the draft lottery
But for the Magic , a team that desperately needs a talent infusion, nabbing a top-three pick this year would be crucial. Phoenix has the best odds of landing the No. 1 pick (25 percent) after posting a league-worst 21-61 record last season.
A film outing for Muslim superhero Ms Marvel is in the works
It was certainly a powerful moment in the film, especially for Peter and Gamora's relationship, which now spans three movies . However, I would not be at all surprised to see Avengers 4 sneak it's way into the top two when it is released next year.
Ireland Qualifies For Eurovision Final!
The UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain do not compete in the semi finals as they have a direct pass through to the final. This year, Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey again get to host the action, both in the semi-finals and in the Grand Final.
Seann William Scott Joins 'Lethal Weapon'
FOX has chose to renew its action drama series Lethal Weapon for a third season, but it's not exactly that cut and dry. It's a bad time for Crawford to be forced out, " Lethal Weapon " is averaging over 8.6M viewers an episode.
Khloé Kardashian Posts First Video of Baby True
However, those close to Rob also say that he is ecstatic to have a new niece in the family, and he can't wait to meet baby True . The endearing moment is a nice break from the stream of turbulent news regarding little True's parents.
Oklahoma Discrimination Is Not OK
He predicted that as a result of the bill's passage, "countless young people... will be stigmatized by state-sanctioned hate". Colyer, will not follow Oklahoma's example and will put the needs of the child first.
Shooting reported at California high school, sheriff says
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