Seattle’s city council on Monday approved a tax of $275 per employee on big corporations, including Amazon. The idea is that the tax will fund affordable housing and help for homeless people, according to the New York Times.
Amazon isn’t happy about it. A company spokesman told the New York Times that it is “very apprehensive about the future created by the council’s hostile approach and rhetoric toward larger businesses, which forces us to question our growth here.” And that’s after the city council cut the tax amount from $500 per employee to $275 before the vote, following threats from Amazon to curb its developments there.
If the cities vying for Amazon’s second headquarters aren’t paying attention to the company’s relationship with Seattle, they should start now.