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 is projected to generate about $48m a year to address a housing crisis spurred on by Amazon’s rapid growth.

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