Amazon Halts Seattle Office Development, Demands Tax To Help Homeless Be Withdrawn

This could be a little awkward for the virtue-signaling crowd.

Amazon has halted development of a new 17-story building in Seattle (that will create 7,000 jobs), threatening to ditch the plans altogether unless the city withdraws a proposed new tax to fund help for homelessness programs.

Drew Herdener, vice president of the e-commerce behemoth, also said the firm may not occupy space in another skyscraper currently in development in the city, choosing instead to sublet it to another firm.

“I can confirm that pending the outcome of the head tax vote by City Council, Amazon has paused all construction planning on our Block 18 project in downtown Seattle and is evaluating options to sub-lease all space in our recently leased Rainer Square building."

The Daily Caller's Kyle Perisic notes that the so-called "head tax" would charge 26 cents per employee per hour for Seattle-based companies with $20 million or more in annual sales, affecting 585 of Seattle’s largest businesses.

There are more than 45,000 Amazon employees in Seattle.

As RT reports,  Seattle expects to raise an extra $75 million under the plans, the majority of which would go to affordable housing, in an effort to combat the rampant homelessness which has reached crisis point in the city, with 169 deaths recorded across the King County area last year.

It is estimated that Amazon’s tax obligation under the proposal would be around $39 million.

The council will vote on the proposal on May 14.

As a reminder, Amazon has come under fire in recent times over its rates of pay as well as the standard of work conditions for the company’s employees. A 2017 investigation by the Daily Mirror found that workers at the retail giant are treated “like animals” and forced to work in warehouses without air-conditioning. The company is also said to have had paramedics on call during the summer months for those who fainted at work. As RT notes, it remains to be seen if Amazon will actually shelve the development entirely, or if the pause is simply an attempt to rattle Seattle’s politicians. The move undoubtedly has placed the city council between a rock and a hard place.

Comments

BlackChicken Manthong Thu, 05/03/2018 - 18:45 Permalink

threatening to ditch the plans altogether unless the city withdraws a proposed new tax to fund help for homelessness programs”

Said by the man who is worth over 120 Billion Dollars.  If you earned 1 million dollars a year, it would take you 12,000 years to earn what that guy already has.

What a complete fucking asshole.  

Go suck a whole bag of dicks (again) Jeff. I hope your greedy, non-compassionate ass rots in Hell.

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brianshell JRobby Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:24 Permalink

Discovery park.

Set up toilets and showers and a mess hall.

Round up any one squatting on public property in the city and move them over.

With proper security, the surrounding community need not worry. On call medical staff can care for the infirm and find help for those that need mental health care.

In the early days, Seattle had a county farm for destitute individuals who worked on the farm to earn their way and preserve their dignity and self respect.

Until Reagan's time, we had plenty of mental hospitals to care for those who needed help.

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soyungato brianshell Thu, 05/03/2018 - 23:10 Permalink

sWhat you proposed will cost less than $10 millions . That would leave $65 millions for paying the supervisors, managers and fat secretaries. Used to be one guy digging and 1 guy watching. Now it is one guy digging and 4 guys watching. We have a lot of useless eaters to feed.

Send them to Yakima where lands are cheap and jobs are plenty.

Better still, let the Amazon jerk leave. That would cool down the over priced housing market.

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Chuck Walla blindfaith Sat, 05/05/2018 - 12:59 Permalink

But, but Mr. Beezos LOVES Progressives, Liberals, Dimmocrats and other self-serving cucks who love to spend other people's money to feel good about themselves. Why is he just now bucking the very people he contributes to?

 

What's this cuck sucka gonna do? Vote Republican? Fuck off the grandstanding, it lets people know who you really are.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 BlackChicken Thu, 05/03/2018 - 19:16 Permalink

You don't get it. There is tons of money in Seattle that has been spent, for decades, and the homeless problem only gets worse. The money from this tax won't go to help the homeless. It will go to help those that work for the city so they can help themselves and their families. It goes to the heads of the non-profits (which pay zero taxes) so they can live in a nice big house in the Univeristy district or on Lake Washington. Since those non-profits make their living by serving the homeless population there is no incentive to solve the problem. On the other hand, there is a huge incentive to increase the homeless problem so that they can continue to skim from the tax base. Well, until that tax base no longer exists.

Never drink the kook-aid! Never get on the bus!

No money goes to fix the real problem which would mean the laws on vagrancy, addiction, and mental illness would have to be drastically changed to give more power to the police and doctors to physically lock these people up in a secure facility. For their own good and that of the community. Do you think that kind of law is ever going to be passed in la la Seattle? I can give you the answer: no. Not until there is no money left and Seattle looks like Baltimore or Detroit and by then it will be too late.

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waspwench HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Thu, 05/03/2018 - 19:40 Permalink

Absolutely agree.   Much as I detest Bezos there is no point in continuing to throw increasing amounts of money at the homeless problem.   The more that is done for them, the more attractive Seattle becomes for them.   Homeless people will gravitate to wherever the handouts are the best - if you build it they will come.   Parts of Seattle are already unpleasant and feel unsafe.   The street people are very in-your-face and there is a hostile atmosphere.   The Benaroya Hall area is a case in point.

Seattle is an LGBT, black, muzzie, socialistic wet dream and it is being made unliveable for normal people.   Traffic lanes are being made into bike lanes taking away road space in an already horribly congested city.   Those bike lanes are not used much in a city with high rainfall and very steep hills.   Huge buses clutter up the roads and, except briefly during the rush hour, they are empty.  Parking is expensive.   Seattle wants to force everyone - except the very wealthy of course - off the roads but no-one is going to travel on public transport because it does not feel safe to hang around waiting for a bus surrounded by street people.

The housing problem is out of control.   If you are very wealthy then you can afford Seattle and if you are very poor they will provide subsidised housing (after all someone has to be there to clean the streets and mow the lawns.)   The middle classes will not live there and commuting from the suburbs is a nightmare.

Seattle is toast.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 waspwench Thu, 05/03/2018 - 19:54 Permalink

The area outside Benaroya Hall isn't safe anymore? Wow. I haven't been to the city for a decade or more. I only went to Benaroya Hall, once. They had an orchestra that played "The Planets" by Gustav Holst. It was the only time I have heard that music, in person. I wanted to hear "Mars." It was incredible. The acoustics are excellent in Benaroya Hall. Nothing like hearing the drums being pounded in a place like that! The glass work by Chihuly is exceptional too, as I recall.

The outcome for every socialist / communist regime is always the same. It kills the middle class which is the goose that lays the golden egg in the form of tax payments. Kill the goose and those tax payments disappear.

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XBroker1 waspwench Thu, 05/03/2018 - 21:45 Permalink

" Seattle is an LGBT, black, muzzie, socialistic wet dream and it is being made unliveable for normal people.   Traffic lanes are being made into bike lanes taking away road space in an already horribly congested city.   Those bike lanes are not used much in a city with high rainfall and very steep hills.   Huge buses clutter up the roads and, except briefly during the rush hour, they are empty.  Parking is expensive.   Seattle wants to force everyone - except the very wealthy of course - off the roads but no-one is going to travel on public transport because it does not feel safe to hang around waiting for a bus surrounded by street people. "

 

You just described the Agenda 21 'utopia' that they have in mind for all of us.

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DollarMenu HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Thu, 05/03/2018 - 19:47 Permalink

The out of control Seattle City Council, egged on by a plethora of Libtard renters, is going for broke - breaking the City that is.

The proposed "head tax", a levy per employee on companies with 300 or more employees, is supposed to generate loads of income to support increasing loads of out-of-town homeless, lured by the freebies.

Companies without the Amazon clout are making preparations to move out of the city should this stupid tax be legislated.

The council, seems to be entranced, under some kind of spell.

Meetings to present proposals, meeting vocal opposition, have 'comments' suspended.

Nothing about reality can be allowed to intrude into their fantasy land.

Total whack-o bunch.

Trouble is, most of the population is cool with self-destruction if it's for a 'good cause'.

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richsob BlackChicken Thu, 05/03/2018 - 19:21 Permalink

You're missing the point.  Bezos (who didn't inherit his money or kill anyone to get it) knows the number today is $39,000,000.  Then it will inevitably go to $50,000,000 and from there who knows where?  $100,000,000?  To do what?  "Provide" for a bunch of people strung out on drugs, lazy as fuck and willing to take your stuff and mine to support them so they don't have to work.  "Homelessness" is just a word.  Too bad it's been bastardized to cover a huge number of people who are intentionally "homeless" or just a loser who doesn't care to work hard for a living.  The guy is rich; he isn't stupid.

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Chuck Walla richsob Sat, 05/05/2018 - 13:06 Permalink

But, but only Republicans are greedy enough to want to keep what they earned. The Progressives are the GOOD People, kind, loving and giving. Kinda like human puppies with cash.

 

How about the example of Hillary taking a deduction for donating Bill's stained undies. Hanes don't grow on trees!  Or Uncle Warren, worried about being taxed too little. Or Gore and Obama who only donate a minuscule fraction of their worth.  He should be writing the check without even being prompted.

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