The approved version of Seattle's "head tax" had called for large employers to contribute $275 per employee annually in an effort to raise roughly $50 million per year toward efforts to address Seattle's growing homelessness crisis through affordable housing and outreach efforts.
He says he'll be running for Bruce Harrell's second district seat because he's exhausted of the way Seattle's city council is operating.
"It is clear that the ordinance will lead to a prolonged, expensive political fight over the next five months that will do nothing to tackle our urgent housing and homelessness crisis", the statement read.
"The mistake would be to do nothing", Harrell said in an interview with KING 5.
Tuesday is also when a business-backed campaign has planned to submit petition signatures to qualify a referendum on the tax for the November ballot.
Councilmember Mike O'Brien, one of the original sponsors of the head tax legislation, has faced some of the harshest backlash in community town halls for his support of the measure.
Seattle Metro Chamber President and CEO Marilyn Strickland released a statement late Monday", "The announcement from Mayor Durkan and the City Council is the breath of fresh air Seattle needs.
The Chamber of Commerce has convinced the vast majority of Seattleites 1) of the exhausted, old conservative trope that increased levels of human suffering we see in our city is caused by government inefficiency rather than by the Gilded Age level income inequality in Seattle and elsewhere, and 2) that leading first with a regional funding approach, reliant on higher property or sales taxes for all taxpayers, is preferable to resources from those most benefiting from income inequality in Seattle paying their fair share.
"We heard you. This week, the City Council is moving forward with the consideration of legislation to repeal the current tax on large businesses to address the homelessness crisis".
McCrary says she thinks the issues struck a chord well outside the business community because homelessness affects everyone.
"I was pleased. I feel that Seattle City Council are listening to the people", said Moriguchi.
"That could result in a couple of things: It could result in Republican controlling and overriding us, or it could result in Democrats agreeing that they don't want Seattle having the employee hours tax and taking it away from us".
The talk among these Seattleites is that regular people getting involved is what gave the city council a wake-up call. The people have spoken.
Those decisions came after months of meetings with a progressive revenue task force and negotiations with the mayor's office, who pushed for a smaller head tax.
Sharon Lee, Executive Director of the Low Income Housing Institute, said she is very disappointed that city council is considering this kind of reversal. "The referendum process is a powerful process, and as we were working through the contentious fight, I know I didn't fully contemplate what that looks like". "We are going to have more people living in RVs, more people living on the street, and that is a direct impact on tourism, trade, and businesses".
The council said it will hold a vote Tuesday and signaled it would reverse its earlier move.