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Key committee vote on head tax delayed after Amazon threat

Construction workers appeared at a press conference to shout down Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant as she promoted a head tax on big businesses May 4. (KIRO Radio)

Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw says a key committee vote on the proposed head tax on big businesses will be moved from Wednesday to Friday.

Public hearings and committee work will still happen Wednesday, KIRO 7 reports.

The head tax would charge big businesses 26 cents per employee, per hour. Proponents say it would only target 3 percent of businesses in the city and raise $75 million to tackle the affordability and homeless issues.

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Amazon announced last week they are halting plans on a new building pending the vote of the tax.

Bagshaw says the final vote for a head tax is still on for May 14 but could be moved to Friday, May 18.

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