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Amazon, Starbucks pledge $25,000 each to campaign for referendum on Seattle head tax

Supporters for a head tax cheer as the Seattle City Council prepares to vote on a proposal for it at Seattle City Hall Monday May 14, 2018. Over the weekend, councilmembers worked on a new proposal for a tax of $275 per employee, per year for companies grossing more than $20 million in Seattle, down from the original $500 per year, per employee. The council unanimously approved the proposal. 206312

Vulcan, Kroger, Albertsons and Howard Wright have made similar pledges, says a report listing 40 pledges totaling more than $325,000. Other well-known Seattle companies donating include Dick’s Drive-In and Uwajimaya.

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