— David Binnig (@davebinnig) June 12, 2018
Even as they voted to repeal it, Seattle City Council members said Tuesday that an employee hours tax is probably the city’s best route forward to creating an alternative, non-regressive revenue stream to combat Seattle’s affordability crisis. The moves begin, now, to come up with a new, stronger tax plan.
District 3 representative Kshama Sawant, who has claimed the “Tax Amazon movement” as a follow-up to the successful $15 minimum wage fight, will be first out of the gates for shaping what comes next, saying Tuesday in council chambers that a “Tax Amazon Movement: Campaign Launch & Organizing Conference” is still happening.
Socialist Alternative organizers, in the description of the June 30th organizing event written before Tuesday’s vote, said the “Tax Amazon movement” is “under ferocious attack from big businesses which are scared of the precedent this is already setting for working people nationwide.” Tuesday’s vote by the council will only stoke the fire.
Sawant said Tuesday that the fight for a head tax in Seattle is a matter of building the movement and changing public sentiment. Prior to her “no” vote against the repeal, Sawant scolded fellow council members for giving up on “working people” like those who supported the “No Tax on Jobs” campaign. She might have her work cut out for her. Sawant’s May 12th march on Amazon attracted dozens of protesters, most Socialist Alternative supporters.
Meanwhile, Teresa Mosqueda, who co-sponsored the head tax legislation with Lisa Herbold and joined Sawant in voting against the repeal, said Tuesday that she is ready for “Plan B” and forging a new tax plan with the city’s business community.
UPDATE 6/28/2018: Organizers from Socialist Alternative Seattle have announced they are rescheduling the Tax Amazon event due to Saturday’s Families Belong Together protest:
In light of the national day of action standing against the separation and detention of immigrant families, we are delaying this event in favor of mobilizing in full to the action at the federal detention center in Sea-Tac. Come with us and make it clear that working people in Seattle reject this brutal policy and stand with immigrant families!
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