On April 15, the Seattle City Council announced its schedule for upcoming hearings on the 1.3% payroll tax proposed by Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Tammy Morales. The schedule is:
- Committee Meeting April 22, 10:00 a.m.: Council will receive a preliminary economic forecast update provided by the City Budget Office, and an outline of the legislation’s three bills (CB 119772, CB 119773, CB 119774) from Council Central Staff.
- Committee Meeting April 29, 10:00 a.m.: Council will receive an outline of any legislation not covered in the previous meeting; Council Central Staff will answer Councilmember questions.
- Committee Meeting May 13, 10:00 a.m.: Council will consider any amendments, possible committee vote.
During this time, it is critical that Councilmembers continue to hear from a broad cross-section of our business community.
Thank you to every Chamber member and partner who has written to the Council so far. Your stories make a difference in demonstrating that the tax would have widespread negative effects, particularly during an economic crisis.
It you have not had a chance yet, here are three things we encourage you to do this week:
- If you are authorized to speak on behalf of your organization, please sign this letter calling on the Council to reject this tax on jobs and to focus on economic recovery.
- Send in your own comments to email@example.com.
- Sign the Change.org petition from No Tax on Jobs – Recovery Now.
Points to keep in mind:
- We are looking at an economic recovery that will take months, if not years. Adding a tax on jobs sends the wrong message about Seattle’s commitment to restoring jobs and stabilizing our economy.
- This crisis goes well beyond Seattle’s borders, and it should not be addressed by the city alone. Our top priority should be working together as a state and region to get the federal resources we need for both relief and recovery.
- This is a time for leadership and unity to rally Seattle to recovery – not the time to reopen a divisive fight with a tax ten times larger than the failed head tax.