Stand with fellow Chamber members against a tax on jobs

By: Editorial Staff Posted: 04/16/2018

Join us at a critical City Council hearing next week

The Chamber continues to stand with member companies and partners to voice strong opposition to the Seattle City Council’s pursuit of a misguided tax on jobs. 

On the heels of a letter to City Council with more than 300 signatures from small businesses across Seattle, a joint Seattle Times op-ed with DSA and GSBA outlining opposition to the tax, and an additional showing of support in a letter to Council with more than 180 business leaders, it is critical that businesses of all sizes continue with this positive momentum and tell City Council that a citywide tax on jobs is the wrong approach to address our region's homelessness crisis.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Join us at a hearing at City Hall on April 23 on the proposed legislation. The hearing starts at 5:30 p.m., but those wishing to testify will need to arrive early and add their name to a list. Even if you aren’t interested in testifying, it is critical that we show up and show support for our businesses.
  2. Attend a business roundtable at City Hall, taking place Tuesday, April 17 from 12:30-3:00 p.m.
  3. If you cannot make it to these events, you can always call City Council at (206) 684-8888, and set up one on one meetings on this issue with your Councilmembers.

Points important to the conversation:

  • There is no plan, beyond the very broad proposal that 80% of the money will go to affordable housing and 20% will go to homelessness services.
  • Past Council action on homelessness does not inspire confidence that they would use new revenue wisely and with accountability measures that track outcomes.
  • A tax on jobs is not the answer—instead, we urge the Council to take a regional approach to this regional challenge and coordinate its work with the One Table effort.