Hundreds of business and community leaders are asking Seattle officials to reject a new payroll tax on the city’s highest-paying companies.
Though payroll data is confidential, the City Council estimates 2% of Seattle businesses would be affected, amounting to about 800.
The $200 million would be paid back by revenue raised through the payroll tax.
The City Council accelerated the legislation’s timeline to provide immediate relief for families struggling under the COVID-19 crisis.
Industry groups are repurposing tactics from that fight in their campaign against the payroll tax.

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