Paying for the Pandemic in Cities

City governments are constantly lamenting the loss of tax and other revenues and are now mapping plans to restore their revenue streams whether there’s more federal money or not. Too often, that means increased taxes for the business community.  As a case in point, amid widespread opposition, the DC Council preliminarily approved a FY21 budget…

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Seattle Repeals “Head Tax”

The city of Seattle responded to the stoppage of business expansion by corporate giant Amazon.com by voting to repeal the $275 per employee “head tax” the municipality had just adopted only a few weeks ago (on May 14). Amazon had stopped construction of a new building just 2 weeks before the council voted the tax…

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Seattle Approves “Head Tax” on Employers

Apparently determined to kill economic prosperity, at least within its own city limits, Seattle city councilors unanimously voted to impose a new tax on large employers within the city. Mayor Jenny Durkan, who won the office last November after her predecessor Mayor Ed Murray was caught in a child sex abuse scandal, threatened to veto…

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