Message from the President: Tax on Jobs Not the Answer

By: Editorial Staff Posted: 06/08/2018

Message to members highlights referendum progress, importance of 2019 Seattle City Council elections

Marilyn SpeakingSeattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Marilyn Strickland sent the following message to Chamber members, reiterating the Chamber's position that a tax on jobs is not the right answer to addressing our growing homelessness crisis, and weighing in on the No Tax on Jobs referendum campaign:

Dear Seattle Metro Chamber members,

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has been clear from day one: we oppose the tax on jobs and we do not believe it is the way to address regional homelessness.

Unfortunately, the Seattle City Council did not listen to the majority of their constituents—including many of you who testified, met with Councilmembers, called and emailed to share your concerns. They pushed forward on this misguided tax on jobs, rather than work collaboratively on a coordinated, regional approach.

Voters are now speaking out. As you know, there is a grassroots effort underway to repeal the jobs tax. The signature gathering for the referendum is moving at a rapid pace. All indications are that the campaign will meet its June 14 deadline to submit over 17,000 valid signatures—making it very likely that the referendum will be on the ballot this November.

Having well-known and respected companies of all sizes involved in the referendum campaign has contributed greatly to its momentum. If you are interested in connecting with the campaign directly, please reach out to info@notaxonjobs.com or (206) 455-2722.

As the referendum moves forward, please keep in mind that the recent battle about the jobs tax is yet another example of the larger issue at City Hall. We need more voices on the City Council who are willing to put common sense and accountability over ideology. CASE, the Chamber's political arm, is currently working on recruiting candidates and building the necessary infrastructure to make that happen. If you'd like to get involved, please contact Jen Berg.

Sincerely,
 
Marilyn Strickland
President & CEO
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce