Seattle was the first U.S. city to be slammed economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our community needs economic recovery, not a new tax on jobs. The message is clear, and the support has been growing. With our coalition partners, we’ve collected more than 17,000 signatures to date on a “No Tax on Jobs” petition and more than 800 signatures on an opposition letter to the Mayor and Council.
Your voice and advocacy have made a difference. The City Council announced it is temporarily setting aside consideration of legislation to impose a tax on jobs. You can read more about the decision here. Thank you for speaking up and speaking out.
This is a prudent decision by the Council, but we know this proposal is not dead and that Councilmember Sawant and her allies will continue to pursue a tax on jobs in Seattle either through legislation or by way of an initiative. We will continue to lead the effort to oppose this harmful policy should it resurface and we’ll keep you updated on this issue moving forward.
We also commit to working with city leaders to support economic recovery in Seattle. We must all work together to get our businesses, arts and cultural sector, major attractions, nonprofits, and workers back on their feet again.