The Seattle City Council is once again pressing for a tax on jobs. Currently, the Council’s task force is considering options that would raise up to $75 million through this tax, with many councilmembers seeking even more money for an unspecified set of programs relating to homelessness.
Before pursuing another new source of revenue, the City must take a hard look at where the $63 million already being spent on human services goes. Rather than trying to tackle this vexing problem alone, the City Council should support regional efforts for best-practice solutions that improve housing affordability and help more people in our region get into stable housing, like the One Table effort convened by the County Executive, Mayor of Seattle, and Mayor of Auburn.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Ask the Seattle City Council to take a regional approach instead of charging ahead with a tax on jobs. Please write to your Councilmembers today using our convenient letter writing tool, urging them to consider the ramifications this proposal would have on our businesses and the community members they say they are trying to help.