SEATTLE — Hours after the Seattle City Council passed a head tax on the city's largest businesses Monday, Amazon and Starbucks issued statements in response.
Amazon is grateful that the city amended its head tax proposal to a lesser amount, but notes that it is wary of city leaders’ attitudes toward business.
Amazon’s statement is attributed to Vice President Drew Herdener:
As the council was debating the head tax over the past month, Amazon halted construction on its expanding headquarters in South Lake Union.
Starbucks continued to criticize the city’s leadership. The company released this statement, attributed to John Kelly, senior vice president of Global Public Affairs and Social Impact at Starbucks:
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