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Old 13 June 2018, 06:46 PM
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Not that different a take, really, Thorny.

The position to which I was taking exception is
However, a campaign from business groups including the Chamber of Commerce had convinced most Seattle residents to oppose the tax
. This implies the residents would not have objected if the business groups hadn't stepped in, whereas in actuality, much of the population objected from the get go.

Danny Westneat, a Seattle Times columnist who probably stands, politically, a lot closer to the author of the article you linked to than he does to me, had this to say:
“The Chamber of Commerce has convinced the vast majority of Seattleites of the old, conservative trope, that the increased level of human suffering in this city is caused by government inefficiency,” railed Councilmember Lisa Herbold.

She added she had pushed for a head tax on Seattle companies in 2016, 2017 and now again in 2018, and seemed perplexed that none of these three efforts worked.

Possible simple explanation: Maybe it’s just not a good idea?
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