Dear Seattle Metro Chamber Members:
We need you.
WHAT: Come testify before the Seattle City Council on a tax on jobs
WHEN: Monday, April 23, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue, Seattle)
Our message has been clear from the very beginning: a tax on jobs is not the answer to addressing our region's homelessness crisis.
Thanks to each of you who have contributed your voice to this discussion. Whether you signed onto the letter to City Council with more than 300 signatures from small businesses across Seattle, added your name to the follow-up letter with 180 leaders representing employers of all sizes, participated in Tueday's roundtable, sent emails to your Councilmembers, made phone calls, or set up one-on-one meetings, it's clear that the business community is united around this issue.
But we need to keep up the pressure.
The Council still has no details on how this new revenue will be used, just weeks before they plan to take a vote on the new tax. There are no reports showing how they are using the current $63 million in funding for homelessness, the $100 million–plus for affordable housing, the $30 million bond for affordable housing or the $6 million in proceeds from the sale of city owned property to address homelessness.
I'm taking our message to Council Chambers next week to testify on the proposed tax on jobs, and I hope you'll join me. The hearing will take place at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23; if you plan to testify, please arrive around 3:30 p.m. to sign up. Even if you aren't able to testify, please consider attending to show support. Your presence can have a big impact and will be noticed.
Too often, the loudest voices in the room control the conversation. This can only change if our elected officials see us at public meetings and hear from employers like you who will be impacted by this tax. No matter the size of your company or what industry you are in, a tax on jobs will hurt our entire business ecosystem. It is also important for our elected officials to hear your stories: who you employ, your contributions to the community, and how this new tax will affect you.
If you're interested in getting more information on the tax on jobs and suggested talking points, please contact Connie Au-Yeung in our office.
Hope to see you at Council Chambers next Monday.
President & CEO
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
In the News: Business Advocacy on this Issue
"No to jobs tax: Seattle's approach to homelessness is not working" — The Seattle Times
Seattle councilmember questions head tax as businesses vent at forum — KING 5
Businesses speak out on proposed head tax — SCC Insight
In warm-up to head-tax bout, Seattle business owners ask council: What have you done with the money you have? — Seattle Times
Seattle businesses send message to city council on taxes — MyNorthwest