Skip to comments.Amazon reacts to Seattle head tax and ‘hostile’ rhetoric
Posted on 05/14/2018 6:24:04 PM PDT by jeannineinsd
Hours after the Seattle City Council passed a head tax on the citys largest businesses Monday, Amazon issued a statement in response.
The online shopping giant is grateful that the city amended its head tax proposal to a lesser amount, but notes that it is wary of city leaders attitudes toward business.
Amazons statement is attributed to Vice President Drew Herdener:
"We are disappointed by todays city council decision to introduce a tax on jobs. While we have resumed construction planning for Block 18, we remain very apprehensive about the future created by the councils hostile approach and rhetoric toward larger businesses, which forces us to question our growth here. City of Seattle revenues have grown dramatically from $2.8 billion in 2010 to $4.2 billion in 2017, and they will be even higher in 2018. This revenue increase far outpaces the Seattle population increase over the same time period. The city does not have a revenue problem it has a spending efficiency problem. We are highly uncertain whether the city councils anti-business positions or its spending inefficiency will change for the better."
As the council was debating the head tax over the past month, Amazon halted construction on its expanding headquarters in South Lake Union.
I love it when Leftists eat their own.
Its a joy to watch.
Watch it! Budding conservatism at Amazon.
Tell them to come to Jacksonville! We love business here.
What does Seattle plan to live on?
And yet Amazon wades in.
Fair enough. May both sides suffer their stupidity.
Just simple logic: the more money you spend on the homeless, the more homeless there will be. Where ever the most benefits are, the more homeless there will be. The bums move to the towns with the best benefits.
Lots of the council members are getting rich off this scheme, as are their homeless-industrial complex accomplices.
It's democrat corruption at the highest levels.
If amazon wants to solve their problem with Seattle, how about they just BUY Seattle outright? Or at least all of downtown.
It has some nice parts, mixed with some real shithole parts, and has a persistent socialist-democrat infestation, but some fumigation and the rules that only a company town can enforce would clean that right up.
The alternative is Seattle can become windowstown, googleville, hipster heights, or socialist slums on the sound.
Knoxville gets all the homeless in a 20 county area, it seems.
I say we Freepers need to help the cause. Hand out leaflets with directions and free services in assisting they get to Seattle to every homeless person you come across.
Hell, hand em out at homeless shelters in an urban area near you.
Lie down with dogs...
Yeah, Bezos and his ilk love to promote rampant liberalism everywhere and then whine when the illogic of liberalism bites them in the butt. I have zero sympathy.
It just amazes me how economically stupid politicians can be. This head tax is similar to the Exit Tax ex-Gov Celeste tried in Ohio. This was during a period when businesses were fleeing the unions in the North for non-union labor markets in the South. Ohio passed an Exit Tax that, in effect, made companies that closed in Ohio leave a tax payment equal to six months’ wages of those who were employed by the exiting company. They sold the idea to the public by saying the money would be used for retraining.
Turns out, retraining was the least of their problems. Ohio quickly noticed that there were no new jobs nor new business formations in Ohio. Imagine that! To their credit, they saw the error of their ways and rescinded the tax. Perhaps Seattle will come to its senses before the same thing happens to them.
Better yet, every city should give every homeless person a one way bus ticket to Seattle and $20
The city does not have a revenue problem it has a spending efficiency problem.
It has a Democrat problem, the same political affiliation as Bezos.
Here’s betting that the Seattle homeless will be the best dressed and fed before the next round of the tax is passed because of impending budget shortfalls.
I point every homeless and derelict west to san fran, Seattle, and California in general.
If Bezos thinks that is the end of that tax and it wont increase, it would support my theory that he made his money from luck and the people around him, not skill or drive.
Having a small tax is like having a little bit of cancer.
[If Bezos thinks that is the end of that tax and it wont increase, it would support my theory that he made his money from luck and the people around him, not skill or drive.
Having a small tax is like having a little bit of cancer.]
Exactly, now every fiscal year it will be how much do they raise it. The foot is in the door.
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