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Select Committee on Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Move $637.8 Million Education Levy to Full Council

The Select Committee on Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy unanimously voted to advance to Full Council a proposed ordinance to continue the City of Seattle’s investments across the education spectrum. If approved, the levy will expand quality preschool classrooms, continue investments in K-12, and establish tuition subsidies and support for college or post-secondary job […]

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Councilmember González’s Statement on the Employee Hours Tax (EHT) Repeal Proposal

Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement in response to the Employee Hours Tax (EHT) repeal proposal: “Our tax system is upside down, placing the burden on low-income and middle-class households to pay a disproportionate share of taxes — as compared to corporations — to fund basic human needs.  That is […]

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Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda’s Statement on the EHT Repeal Proposal

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Citywide, Position 8) issued the following statement regarding the Employee Hours Tax Repeal Proposal: “My office has heard a lot of concern regarding the Employee Hours Tax (EHT). I have concerns as well, but I cannot back a repeal without a replacement strategy to house and shelter our neighbors experiencing homelessness. “While […]

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Council President Harrell Schedules Special City Council Meeting to Consider Repealing Employee Hours Tax

Council President Bruce Harrell has scheduled a Special City Council meeting for Tuesday, June 12, and will sponsor legislation that repeals the Employee Hours Tax Legislation.  A City Council vote is expected to occur during the special meeting. The legislation will repeal Ordinance 125578, passed on May 14, 2018 and signed by the Mayor on […]

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Seattle Council Passes Tax on Business to Help Address Homelessness

Following more than five months of deliberation, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance related to taxation, intended to help address homelessness.  The amended proposal establishes an annual tax of $275 per full time employee on the City’s largest businesses, those with revenues of more than $20 million  (about 3% of all businesses). The measure […]

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Council Sponsors of Proposed Progressive Tax on Business Respond to Seattle “Construction Pause”

Councilmembers M. Lorena González, Lisa Herbold, Teresa Mosqueda and Mike O’Brien issued the following statement in response to the “construction pause” announced earlier today: “Collectively we – the primary sponsors of the business tax currently being discussed in Council –  represent 750,000 people who call Seattle home. “Under our plan, called the Progressive Tax on […]

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Councilmember Juarez Recognizes National Day of Awareness for Missing Native American Women and Girls

Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle), Chair of the Council’s Civic Assets, Public Development and Native Communities Committee, and her Seattle City Council colleagues proclaim May 5 as the Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native American Women and Girls in the City of Seattle. The council recognized the National Day of Awareness […]

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Seattle City Council Confirms Lisa A. Judge as Seattle’s First Inspector General for Public Safety

Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), as Chair of the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans and Education committee, together with her City Council colleagues, voted 7-to-1 today to approve the appointment of Lisa A. Judge as the City of Seattle’s first Inspector General for Public Safety (IG) during its regularly scheduled Full Council […]

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Councilmember Juarez’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Medicaid Work Rules for Native Americans

‘Morally appalling, deliberately misleading’   Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle), Chair of the Council’s Civic Assets, Public Development and Native Communities Committee, issued the following statement after a story published by Politico April 22 said the Trump administration contends tribes are a “…race rather than separate governments,” and exempting them from Medicaid work […]

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Johnson Releases Draft Framework to Update the City’s Tree Ordinance

Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) released a draft framework for updates to the City’s Tree Ordinance today, the first update in a decade, to proactively manage and steward Seattle’s urban forest. The framework will encourage more tree preservation and planting through incentives and fees. The framework would also gather better data by requiring […]

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