Even as Amazon continues to grow during a towering rate, it is pumping a brakes on a long-planned hometown expansion. The sell hulk threw down a gauntlet this week when it announced that it would stop construction on a new building since of a due city tax.
The new law is designed to residence Seattle’s housing crunch, charging vast companies $500 per head. The offer is flattering clearly directed during Amazon’s possess expansion, and a association is holding a pierce to heart, potentially abandoning construction on a new building and only relocating into a pre-existing space instead.
A orator for a association told The New York Times that it’s “evaluating options” and has “paused all construction planning,” tentative a formula of a vote. The pierce apparently held Seattle city legislature off guard, forward of a May 14 vote.
“I’m deeply endangered about a impact this preference will have on a vast operation of jobs — from a building trades, to grill workers, to nurses, production jobs and tech workers,” a city’s mayor Jenny Durkan told a paper. “At a same time, a city contingency urgently residence a homelessness and affordability predicament and lift adult those who have been left behind.”
It’s tough not to see echoes of San Francisco’s possess housing and homelessness crises in a arise of Seattle’s tech industry. And while $500 a conduct would be a dump in a bucket for Amazon, a association clearly understands a precedence as a city’s largest employer. The pierce comes as several cities around North American have tripped over themselves to residence Amazon’s second headquarters. Wherever a association eventually lands seems expected to pacify a understanding with some demeanour of corporate taxation cut.
Amazon, meanwhile, is confronting inspection from a series of angles, including, notably, a president, who has called out a company’s shipping deals as partial of a larger, ongoing argument with Washington Post owners Jeff Bezos.