May 15, 2018 - Technology

Amazon "disappointed" with Seattle homelessness tax

A part of Amazon's Seattle headquarters under construction in 2015. Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Amazon is "disappointed" by Seattle's decision to impose a per-worker tax on large companies to help pay toward the city’s homelessness and affordable housing crises — with Amazon Vice President Drew Herdener saying that the decision "forces [the company] to question our growth here," per Recode.

“We are disappointed by today’s City Council decision to introduce a tax on jobs. While we have resumed construction planning for [Amazon's Seattle campus expansion] Block 18, we remain 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.”
— Amazon VP Drew Herdener

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