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Seattle passes new tax on middle class

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So, the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns pretty much hit everybody hard economically speaking, with Seattle hit especially hard in the early days of the virus’s spread. According to some, Seattle saw one of the biggest spikes in unemployment of any city in the country, and the city’s economy continues to flounder amid the pandemic just like everybdy else.

Then Seattle descended into chaos and controversy when radical left-wing activists seized control of a neighborhood and declared themselves the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.” Like so many before it throughout history, this utopian social experiment sadly turned deadly and ended 24 days later after multiple shootings, rapes, and other crimes. What then does any progessive liberal group do? Raise taxes of course, promising a “more robust and resilient economy” and a “victory for working people.” They claim the tax will raise $200 million in revenue for what they argue are much-needed social service programs such as housing subsidies.

The Seattle City Council has decided that now is the right time to impose a new tax burden on its residents. On July 6, the council passed the so-called “JumpStart” tax, which specifically targets middle-class jobs.

The council’s new tax will affect employees at medium-to-large companies, but not most small businesses. Applied to businesses with a total payroll of $7 million or greater, it will impose an additional 0.4 percent to 2.4 percent payroll tax on jobs that pay an annual salary of $150,000 or higher. This is on top of already steep federal and state payroll taxes.


Now you might be thinking that these are workers somewhat higher up on the income scale—but not by as much as you might think at first glance.

According to Payscale.com, the average salary in Seattle is $79,000. It’s the fifth most expensive place to live in America, with the highest rents anywhere in the country outside of California. With this context in mind, workers making $150,000 are far from members of “the 1%.” More realistically, many of the targets of this new tax are middle class by Seattle standards. So while the tax isn’t massive, it does showcase an important trend: In their class warfare charge, left-wing officials aren’t constraining themselves to “soaking the rich,” but are quickly reaching down the income ladder for fresh wallets to tap.

And of course, the tax could seriously hurt the economy, too. The Left never seems to understand that there are consequences when you raise somebody's taxes. Some will stay of course, but many will leave for other places that are more tax-friendly. I highly doubt that the number of new businesses or business expansions will equal the number of businesses that have closed or will close. Result? Fewer jobs.

"As the region enters a deep recession and faces near-record job losses, the city council will be sending tax bills to companies across multiple sectors that have their doors closed and have been forced to layoff employees,” the business organization Downtown Seattle Association said in a statement to a local news outlet. The Wall Street Journal editorial board similarly warned that “The tax will stifle economic upward mobility, since employers will have an incentive not to raise pay above $150,000.”

Worse, in an infuriating but sadly typical twist, the Seattle City Council exempted all government employees from their new tax. That’s right: The supposedly benevolent socialist city officials who thrust this upon their constituents made sure to carve out a giant exception for their peers on the taxpayer dime.

According to OpenTheBooks.com, 601 city employees in Seattle earned $195,000 or more. Analysts found that “tree trimmers lopped off $160,604; the chief librarian made $197,704; electricians earned $271,070; electrical lineworkers made $307,387; and police officers earned up to $414,543.” The new payroll tax will not apply to any of these government employees or their peers otherwise drowning in taxpayer cash.


This is one reason why the November elections are so important. If Biden wins and Dems take the Senate and keep the House then you'll see bailouts left and right, but mostly left. DC will become the 51st state because the Dem Senate will end the filibuster and do whatever they want. We will see the return of the weaponized DOJ and other federal agencies. The Deep State will get bigger and deeper and it will be hard as hell to reverse course.
 

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So your knocking down a couple hundred grand a year or more and your told to pay 35 bucks a month. Whoa big deal!
 

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Leftists are always set on destroying thr middle class. Funny thing is, they need to solve their fuck ups.
What will they do when they succeed in destroying them?
They are not only set on destroying the middle class, they are determined to destroy this entire nation. The democratic party is nothing less than the willing tool of the international communist party effort.
 

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On July 6, the council passed the so-called “JumpStart” tax, which specifically targets middle-class jobs.
JumpStart. Sounds pretty racist. I bet that is going to jumpstart a whole lotta middle class families to move the fuck outta there, leaving only the poor.
 

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So your knocking down a couple hundred grand a year or more and your told to pay 35 bucks a month. Whoa big deal!
That $35 bucks a month is a big deal for those working homeless that only make $15 an hour, that live and work within the city's jurisdiction. This tax is supposed to help those 'social programs' and combat the crime & homelessness, which Seattle has a huge problem with.......when in fact it will only add to it.



And on another note, that same city council wants to defund the police budget by 50% and use that money for the same damn programs this tax is supposed to pay for.
 

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Oh and don't forget that Amazon tax (or is this the same thing?)

This state is already over taxed to the hilt as it is and Seattle is off the charts
 

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So, the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns pretty much hit everybody hard economically speaking, with Seattle hit especially hard in the early days of the virus’s spread. According to some, Seattle saw one of the biggest spikes in unemployment of any city in the country, and the city’s economy continues to flounder amid the pandemic just like everybdy else.

Then Seattle descended into chaos and controversy when radical left-wing activists seized control of a neighborhood and declared themselves the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.” Like so many before it throughout history, this utopian social experiment sadly turned deadly and ended 24 days later after multiple shootings, rapes, and other crimes. What then does any progessive liberal group do? Raise taxes of course, promising a “more robust and resilient economy” and a “victory for working people.” They claim the tax will raise $200 million in revenue for what they argue are much-needed social service programs such as housing subsidies.

The Seattle City Council has decided that now is the right time to impose a new tax burden on its residents. On July 6, the council passed the so-called “JumpStart” tax, which specifically targets middle-class jobs.

The council’s new tax will affect employees at medium-to-large companies, but not most small businesses. Applied to businesses with a total payroll of $7 million or greater, it will impose an additional 0.4 percent to 2.4 percent payroll tax on jobs that pay an annual salary of $150,000 or higher. This is on top of already steep federal and state payroll taxes.


Now you might be thinking that these are workers somewhat higher up on the income scale—but not by as much as you might think at first glance.

According to Payscale.com, the average salary in Seattle is $79,000. It’s the fifth most expensive place to live in America, with the highest rents anywhere in the country outside of California. With this context in mind, workers making $150,000 are far from members of “the 1%.” More realistically, many of the targets of this new tax are middle class by Seattle standards. So while the tax isn’t massive, it does showcase an important trend: In their class warfare charge, left-wing officials aren’t constraining themselves to “soaking the rich,” but are quickly reaching down the income ladder for fresh wallets to tap.

And of course, the tax could seriously hurt the economy, too. The Left never seems to understand that there are consequences when you raise somebody's taxes. Some will stay of course, but many will leave for other places that are more tax-friendly. I highly doubt that the number of new businesses or business expansions will equal the number of businesses that have closed or will close. Result? Fewer jobs.

"As the region enters a deep recession and faces near-record job losses, the city council will be sending tax bills to companies across multiple sectors that have their doors closed and have been forced to layoff employees,” the business organization Downtown Seattle Association said in a statement to a local news outlet. The Wall Street Journal editorial board similarly warned that “The tax will stifle economic upward mobility, since employers will have an incentive not to raise pay above $150,000.”

Worse, in an infuriating but sadly typical twist, the Seattle City Council exempted all government employees from their new tax. That’s right: The supposedly benevolent socialist city officials who thrust this upon their constituents made sure to carve out a giant exception for their peers on the taxpayer dime.

According to OpenTheBooks.com, 601 city employees in Seattle earned $195,000 or more. Analysts found that “tree trimmers lopped off $160,604; the chief librarian made $197,704; electricians earned $271,070; electrical lineworkers made $307,387; and police officers earned up to $414,543.” The new payroll tax will not apply to any of these government employees or their peers otherwise drowning in taxpayer cash.


This is one reason why the November elections are so important. If Biden wins and Dems take the Senate and keep the House then you'll see bailouts left and right, but mostly left. DC will become the 51st state because the Dem Senate will end the filibuster and do whatever they want. We will see the return of the weaponized DOJ and other federal agencies. The Deep State will get bigger and deeper and it will be hard as hell to reverse course.

Well they keep voting in these idiots to run things so they get what the voted for.

Imbeciles.
 

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So, the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns pretty much hit everybody hard economically speaking, with Seattle hit especially hard in the early days of the virus’s spread. According to some, Seattle saw one of the biggest spikes in unemployment of any city in the country, and the city’s economy continues to flounder amid the pandemic just like everybdy else.

Then Seattle descended into chaos and controversy when radical left-wing activists seized control of a neighborhood and declared themselves the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.” Like so many before it throughout history, this utopian social experiment sadly turned deadly and ended 24 days later after multiple shootings, rapes, and other crimes. What then does any progessive liberal group do? Raise taxes of course, promising a “more robust and resilient economy” and a “victory for working people.” They claim the tax will raise $200 million in revenue for what they argue are much-needed social service programs such as housing subsidies.

The Seattle City Council has decided that now is the right time to impose a new tax burden on its residents. On July 6, the council passed the so-called “JumpStart” tax, which specifically targets middle-class jobs.

The council’s new tax will affect employees at medium-to-large companies, but not most small businesses. Applied to businesses with a total payroll of $7 million or greater, it will impose an additional 0.4 percent to 2.4 percent payroll tax on jobs that pay an annual salary of $150,000 or higher. This is on top of already steep federal and state payroll taxes.


Now you might be thinking that these are workers somewhat higher up on the income scale—but not by as much as you might think at first glance.

According to Payscale.com, the average salary in Seattle is $79,000. It’s the fifth most expensive place to live in America, with the highest rents anywhere in the country outside of California. With this context in mind, workers making $150,000 are far from members of “the 1%.” More realistically, many of the targets of this new tax are middle class by Seattle standards. So while the tax isn’t massive, it does showcase an important trend: In their class warfare charge, left-wing officials aren’t constraining themselves to “soaking the rich,” but are quickly reaching down the income ladder for fresh wallets to tap.

And of course, the tax could seriously hurt the economy, too. The Left never seems to understand that there are consequences when you raise somebody's taxes. Some will stay of course, but many will leave for other places that are more tax-friendly. I highly doubt that the number of new businesses or business expansions will equal the number of businesses that have closed or will close. Result? Fewer jobs.

"As the region enters a deep recession and faces near-record job losses, the city council will be sending tax bills to companies across multiple sectors that have their doors closed and have been forced to layoff employees,” the business organization Downtown Seattle Association said in a statement to a local news outlet. The Wall Street Journal editorial board similarly warned that “The tax will stifle economic upward mobility, since employers will have an incentive not to raise pay above $150,000.”

Worse, in an infuriating but sadly typical twist, the Seattle City Council exempted all government employees from their new tax. That’s right: The supposedly benevolent socialist city officials who thrust this upon their constituents made sure to carve out a giant exception for their peers on the taxpayer dime.

According to OpenTheBooks.com, 601 city employees in Seattle earned $195,000 or more. Analysts found that “tree trimmers lopped off $160,604; the chief librarian made $197,704; electricians earned $271,070; electrical lineworkers made $307,387; and police officers earned up to $414,543.” The new payroll tax will not apply to any of these government employees or their peers otherwise drowning in taxpayer cash.


This is one reason why the November elections are so important. If Biden wins and Dems take the Senate and keep the House then you'll see bailouts left and right, but mostly left. DC will become the 51st state because the Dem Senate will end the filibuster and do whatever they want. We will see the return of the weaponized DOJ and other federal agencies. The Deep State will get bigger and deeper and it will be hard as hell to reverse course.
In Left Wing economics the productive middle class workers are the tax slaves.
The Democrats are like the farmer who beats and starves his plow horse.
The middle class have been fleeing from the Dem cities and states for a long time now.
 

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So, the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns pretty much hit everybody hard economically speaking, with Seattle hit especially hard in the early days of the virus’s spread. According to some, Seattle saw one of the biggest spikes in unemployment of any city in the country, and the city’s economy continues to flounder amid the pandemic just like everybdy else.

Then Seattle descended into chaos and controversy when radical left-wing activists seized control of a neighborhood and declared themselves the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.” Like so many before it throughout history, this utopian social experiment sadly turned deadly and ended 24 days later after multiple shootings, rapes, and other crimes. What then does any progessive liberal group do? Raise taxes of course, promising a “more robust and resilient economy” and a “victory for working people.” They claim the tax will raise $200 million in revenue for what they argue are much-needed social service programs such as housing subsidies.

The Seattle City Council has decided that now is the right time to impose a new tax burden on its residents. On July 6, the council passed the so-called “JumpStart” tax, which specifically targets middle-class jobs.

The council’s new tax will affect employees at medium-to-large companies, but not most small businesses. Applied to businesses with a total payroll of $7 million or greater, it will impose an additional 0.4 percent to 2.4 percent payroll tax on jobs that pay an annual salary of $150,000 or higher. This is on top of already steep federal and state payroll taxes.


Now you might be thinking that these are workers somewhat higher up on the income scale—but not by as much as you might think at first glance.

According to Payscale.com, the average salary in Seattle is $79,000. It’s the fifth most expensive place to live in America, with the highest rents anywhere in the country outside of California. With this context in mind, workers making $150,000 are far from members of “the 1%.” More realistically, many of the targets of this new tax are middle class by Seattle standards. So while the tax isn’t massive, it does showcase an important trend: In their class warfare charge, left-wing officials aren’t constraining themselves to “soaking the rich,” but are quickly reaching down the income ladder for fresh wallets to tap.

And of course, the tax could seriously hurt the economy, too. The Left never seems to understand that there are consequences when you raise somebody's taxes. Some will stay of course, but many will leave for other places that are more tax-friendly. I highly doubt that the number of new businesses or business expansions will equal the number of businesses that have closed or will close. Result? Fewer jobs.

"As the region enters a deep recession and faces near-record job losses, the city council will be sending tax bills to companies across multiple sectors that have their doors closed and have been forced to layoff employees,” the business organization Downtown Seattle Association said in a statement to a local news outlet. The Wall Street Journal editorial board similarly warned that “The tax will stifle economic upward mobility, since employers will have an incentive not to raise pay above $150,000.”

Worse, in an infuriating but sadly typical twist, the Seattle City Council exempted all government employees from their new tax. That’s right: The supposedly benevolent socialist city officials who thrust this upon their constituents made sure to carve out a giant exception for their peers on the taxpayer dime.

According to OpenTheBooks.com, 601 city employees in Seattle earned $195,000 or more. Analysts found that “tree trimmers lopped off $160,604; the chief librarian made $197,704; electricians earned $271,070; electrical lineworkers made $307,387; and police officers earned up to $414,543.” The new payroll tax will not apply to any of these government employees or their peers otherwise drowning in taxpayer cash.


This is one reason why the November elections are so important. If Biden wins and Dems take the Senate and keep the House then you'll see bailouts left and right, but mostly left. DC will become the 51st state because the Dem Senate will end the filibuster and do whatever they want. We will see the return of the weaponized DOJ and other federal agencies. The Deep State will get bigger and deeper and it will be hard as hell to reverse course.

Vacate the failed city of Seattle
 

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