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Seattle head tax

In this Dec. 5, 2018, photo a box is scanned and weighed before at the Amazon fulfillment center on Staten Island borough of New York. Amazon reports financial results Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.
Mary Altaffer / The Associated Press

On June 12, 2018, the city council in Bessemer, Alabama, voted to approve its share of $51 million in incentives for Amazon. The company is locating a fulfillment center in the city of about 28,000 people.

On that same day, the Seattle City Council was voting to repeal what came to be known as the "head tax," a per-employee levy on large companies that Amazon fiercely opposed.

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson



Many people in Seattle -- no matter their political ideology -- are frustrated with their elected leaders, who are trying to keep the business sector happy and confront a growing homelessness crisis.

Ted S. Warren / AP Photo

The City of Seattle is being sued for violating the Open Public Meetings Act. The three attorneys who filed the suit claim the city didn’t notify the public adequately ahead of a city council meeting Tuesday, during which the council voted to repeal a “head tax” on large businesses.

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

In a major reversal, the Seattle City Council is expected to vote Tuesday to repeal a controversial business “head tax” it approved less than a month ago.