The city council wants to impose a ‘head tax’ on big firms’ employees to tackle homelessness but the mayor says the plan ‘hurts workers’

Amazon and organized labor don’t often find common cause, but an unorthodox attempt at taxing big business has given them just that in Seattle.

Staring down the housing crisis facing America’s prosperous cities, some Seattle leaders hope to charge large employers for every employee working in the city. The “head tax” prompted Amazon, the city’s largest private employer and driving force behind Seattle’s booming real estate market, to stop construction at one office tower and move to shift 7,000 jobs to other locations.

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