(AP) -- Seattle leaders have repealed a tax on large companies such as
Amazon and Starbucks after a backlash from businesses over the effort
designed to combat a growing homelessness crisis.
Alaska Airlines, Expedia Group and Holland America Group also opposed the so-called "head tax" of $275 per employee on companies that gross at least $20 million per year in Seattle.
The City Council voted
7-2 Tuesday after supporters and opponents packed a meeting with signs
saying, "Tax Amazon, housing for all" and "No tax on jobs."
It's a stark
reversal from a month ago when the council unanimously approved the
tax. It has divided Seattle and drawn criticism from businesses as