Jobs tax proposal is defeated in Seattle

Jobs tax proposal is defeated in Seattle

On Tues., Nov. 14, the Seattle City Council voted on a proposed tax on jobs, and the short-sighted proposal failed in a vote of 5-4.

The vote is a victory for hospitality. Seattle members made their voices heard and let councilmembers know that our labor-heavy businesses, particularly restaurants already operating on narrow profit margins, would be disproportionately impacted by a jobs tax.

As we celebrate this win, the Seattle GA team is monitoring other proposals that could pave the way for a similar tax in the future.  This is particularly important as even councilmembers who voted against the proposal on Tuesday have voiced potential support for similar measures.

Thank you to our members for their engagement on this issue and to Councilmembers Harrell, Johnson, Juarez, Bagshaw, and González for voting against this proposal!