Amazon Pauses Huge Development Plans in Seattle Over Tax Plan

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www.nytimes.com—In an unusually public spat, Amazon is rethinking some building projects in Seattle because of a new tax being considered by the City Council.

'Tax Amazon': Seattle passes plan for corporate wealth tax to fund housing. City leaders unite behind plan to charge big businesses per worker and divert those funds to housing and homeless services A parade of hardhat union workers and threats from hometown-behemoth Amazon did not stop Seattle leaders from passing on Monday a “head tax” meant to fund housing projects and homeless services. A watered-down version of the tax, which will charge the city’s largest employees $275-per-worker annually, is now expected to be enacted by Seattle’s mayor, Jenny Durkan. The tax...