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From: Working Washington
Date: Tues, Jun 5, 2018
Subject: paid signature gatherersDear Friends,
There’s a housing crisis in Seattle — and the same big businesses who helped create it are trying to overturn a new law that requires them to help solve it. Instead of stepping up and paying the modest tax to fund affordable housing, big businesses are paying petition signature gatherers to try to talk voters into repealing the tax.
These paid petitioners aren’t just aggressively gathering signatures to meet their quota. As reported by the Stranger, in many cases, they’re actively misleading voters about what they’re signing. Big businesses are the only ones who will pay the tax, but petitioners are telling people that workers will have to pay. The tax doesn’t go into effect until next January, but they’re claiming it’s affecting businesses already. And of course, they’re all doing the same Chicken Little routine they’ve done every time we’ve raised wages or improved conditions for workers, claiming the sky will fall if businesses have to give up any fraction of their massive profits.
The reality is this: The big business tax will bring in about $47 million a year for affordable housing & homeless services from the city’s biggest companies. Seattle is in the midst of a housing affordability crisis — we’re all paying our taxes and doing our part, and big businesses need to do their part too.
We can’t let the multimillion dollar corporations and developers funding the repeal campaign get away with deceiving voters just to avoid doing their part for Seattle. If you want to see big businesses do their part to bring Seattle home, here are three ways you can get involved now: