How far does $15 an hour go?

Oct 2, 2018
Amazon announces that all its employees should earn a living wage, but many still struggle at $15 an hour.
A visitor checks in at the Amazon corporate headquarters in Seattle, Washington. On Oct. 2, 2018, Amazon announced U.S. workers would receive  a minimum of $15 per hour.
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Seattle fought Amazon ... and Amazon won

Jun 15, 2018
The city council voted this week to repeal a decision that levied taxes on large business.
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Amazon head tax reversed

Jun 13, 2018
Last month the Seattle city council voted unanimously for a head tax – a set fee that bigger companies would have to pay for each of their employees. The tax was meant to raise funds to address homelessness and help create more affordable housing in a city where both have become problems. Then yesterday that same […]

Seattle’s tax on big business draws attention of more cities

May 16, 2018
This week, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted in what’s commonly known as a “headcount tax.” Businesses that bring in more than $20 million in annual revenue will have to pay a $275 tax for each of their full-time employees. It’s a lower fee than what many were hoping for, but there are still plenty […]

As developers eye valuable mobile park home land, some residents have found a way to fight back

May 4, 2018
Mobile homes are one of the last vestiges of affordable home ownership in the Seattle area, but mobile homeowners are being pushed out by skyrocketing real estate values.
Next-door neighbors and Duvall Riverside Village homeowners Stephanie Rosevear (L) and Danelle Knapp (R) return home from a walk.
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One Seattle neighborhood is fighting airplane noise

Feb 16, 2018
The planes are so loud in this Seattle neighborhood some residents say it feels like a war zone. They want the federal government to do something about it.
María Batayola.
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Diners aren't showing up as expected near Amazon HQ1, causing some restaurants to close

Jan 2, 2018
Amazon's HQ1 neighborhood empties out at night, so some restaurant owners aren't finding the dining market they expected.
Empty chairs in the recently closed bar, Cantine in Seattle's South Lake Union, look out at neighborhood workers with lunch takeout containers. The bar and several other restaurants closed this year because of lackluster dinner patronage.
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A construction site for Google's expansion in Seattle's South Lake Union. The neighborhood is home to Amazon's first headquarters and other major tech companies.
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Seattle increasing affordable housing through a bargain with private developers

Sep 25, 2017
The plan, called the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, relies on an exchange between the city and private developers known as the grand bargain, brokered two years ago.
A construction site with cranes in the background in downtown Seattle.
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A new study out of Seattle shows the downside of minimum wage increases

Jun 27, 2017
The city is making its way towards a $15-an-hour minimum wage, but are employers cutting hours to compensate?
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signs a bill that incrementally raises the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour on June 3, 2014, in Seattle.
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