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Seattle to Business: Drop Dead - city taxes companies for hiring more workers.

xo WSJ Seattle to Business: Drop Dead The city taxes co...
Non sequitur
  05/16/18
lol one weird trick to chase all evil capitalists out of to...
don't run nigga i see you
  05/16/18
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.,.,.,,,.,,.,.,.,,.,.,.,.,.,,.,.,.,.
  05/16/18
good maybe when white libs destroy a white city people will ...
Maori woman performing defiant haka
  05/16/18
Tax the wealthy to pay for the poor works
.;:..;:;.:.;.,,,.,.:,.;;,;;;..;,
  05/16/18
Lol I predict after this tax there will actually be more hom...
gibberish
  05/16/18
Bezos beNDS THE KNEE Amazon said it plans to resume work ...
A Jurisprudence is Performed
  05/16/18
Sounds like good policy to me. Seattle remains livable becau...
Oh, you travel?
  05/16/18
Why is taxing JOBS good policy? Why is it good policy to di...
IronMonkey
  05/16/18
CHARACTER and CULTURE
Dr. Ford
  05/16/18
do you live in seattle?
THOT_RAVAGER
  05/16/18
of course not. like all libs, an idea is only good (and sho...
Maori woman performing defiant haka
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Dr. Ford
  05/16/18
You'll end up with a bigger city govt and also more bums. Wi...
gibberish
  05/16/18


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Date: May 16th, 2018 1:49 PM
Author: Non sequitur

xo WSJ

Seattle to Business: Drop Dead

The city taxes companies for hiring more workers.

Amazon.com boxes are shown stacked near a Boeing 767 Amazon "Prime Air" cargo plane on display in a Boeing hangar in Seattle, April 4, 2016.

Amazon.com boxes are shown stacked near a Boeing 767 Amazon "Prime Air" cargo plane on display in a Boeing hangar in Seattle, April 4, 2016. PHOTO: TED S. WARREN/ASSOCIATED PRESS

By The Editorial Board

May 15, 2018 7:03 p.m. ET

319 COMMENTS

Twenty cities are competing for Amazon’s second headquarters. Then there’s Seattle, Amazon’s current headquarters, which the city apparently wouldn’t mind driving away.

Seattle’s city council on Monday unanimously approved a $250 “tax” per full-time employee on businesses with more than $20 million in annual revenue. Progressive council members had originally proposed a $500 jobs tax that would have turned into a 0.7% payroll tax in 2021, but then Seattle’s businesses revolted.

Amazon suspended two building expansion projects. More than 100 large businesses including Expedia , Alaska Airlines and Redbox wrote a letter warning that the tax sends the message “to every business: if you are investing in growth, if you create too many jobs in Seattle, you will be punished,” which “will cause far greater damage to Seattle’s growth prospects than the direct impact on the businesses being taxed.”

Three hundred or so small businesses also warned that “continuing tax increases and regulations will only hurt the small business community and will vastly change our city.” Even trade unions begged the council “not to tax our jobs away.”

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After the council scaled back the head tax, Amazon said it plans to resume work on one of its expansion projects, but a spokesperson noted that “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.”

The head tax is merely the city council’s latest depredation against business. In 2015 the council allowed Uber drivers, who are independent contractors, to collectively bargain. A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Friday declared that the ordinance violates antitrust laws. The council last year imposed a 2.25% income tax on high earners, which a state court has blocked.

Many businesses have located and expanded in Seattle because Washington state doesn’t impose an income tax. Last year Washington’s GDP growth led the country at 4.4%. But Seattle’s city council seems to think this growth will continue no matter what it does. Ask Connecticut how that turns out.

Liberals are bashing Amazon for wielding its political and economic clout to blunt a tax hike that would hurt all Seattle businesses and workers. Local leaders from Chicago, Denver, Dallas and Austin, among other cities, wrote a letter denouncing Amazon for “threatening Seattle over this tax.” Amazon should cross these cities off its second-headquarter list.

Seattle businesses deserve credit for promoting a pro-growth climate rather than seeking special treatment for themselves. Companies in Illinois, Connecticut and New Jersey have threatened to bolt to obtain lucrative tax subsidies. Businesses in those states would be better off if they collectively bargained with politicians for lower taxes and more favorable regulatory conditions.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978367&forum_id=2#36062571)



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Date: May 16th, 2018 2:01 PM
Author: don't run nigga i see you (and icu)

lol

one weird trick to chase all evil capitalists out of town and give the courageous proletariat the utopia they so richly deserve

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978367&forum_id=2#36062663)



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Date: May 16th, 2018 3:11 PM
Author: .,.,.,,,.,,.,.,.,,.,.,.,.,.,,.,.,.,.




(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978367&forum_id=2#36063074)



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Date: May 16th, 2018 3:14 PM
Author: Maori woman performing defiant haka

good maybe when white libs destroy a white city people will take notice

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978367&forum_id=2#36063094)



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Date: May 16th, 2018 3:22 PM
Author: .;:..;:;.:.;.,,,.,.:,.;;,;;;..;,


Tax the wealthy to pay for the poor works

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978367&forum_id=2#36063143)



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Date: May 16th, 2018 3:32 PM
Author: gibberish

Lol I predict after this tax there will actually be more homeless people

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978367&forum_id=2#36063217)



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Date: May 16th, 2018 3:33 PM
Author: A Jurisprudence is Performed (Savonarola did nothing wrong)

Bezos beNDS THE KNEE

Amazon said it plans to resume work on one of its expansion projects, but a spokesperson noted that “we remain very apprehensive

"Were apprehensive I'll have you know" he ineffectually mewled

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978367&forum_id=2#36063226)



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Date: May 16th, 2018 3:35 PM
Author: Oh, you travel?

Sounds like good policy to me. Seattle remains livable because of its anti-commerce leanings. Big business destroys all character and culture in a city until it’s just a wagecuck plantation.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978367&forum_id=2#36063243)



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Date: May 16th, 2018 3:41 PM
Author: IronMonkey

Why is taxing JOBS good policy? Why is it good policy to discourage people from hiring additional employees?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978367&forum_id=2#36063284)



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Date: May 16th, 2018 3:46 PM
Author: Dr. Ford

CHARACTER and CULTURE

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978367&forum_id=2#36063338)



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Date: May 16th, 2018 3:42 PM
Author: THOT_RAVAGER

do you live in seattle?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978367&forum_id=2#36063298)



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Date: May 16th, 2018 3:44 PM
Author: Maori woman performing defiant haka

of course not. like all libs, an idea is only good (and should be mandatory) so long as it doesn't directly affect them

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978367&forum_id=2#36063320)



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Date: May 16th, 2018 3:45 PM
Author: Dr. Ford



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978367&forum_id=2#36063333)



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Date: May 16th, 2018 3:50 PM
Author: gibberish

You'll end up with a bigger city govt and also more bums. Win win!

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3978367&forum_id=2#36063375)