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After Seattle's ‘Head Tax’ Repeal, Hard Lessons All Around

By James Nani · June 15, 2018, 8:02 PM EDT

With the stinging reversal of Seattle’s employee hours tax still fresh, those in the trenches of the saga and outside it are picking up the pieces to see what went wrong, what went right and what it will mean for similar policies.

The so-called head tax had been set to raise $45 million to $49 million annually starting next year in a city struggling with an affordable housing crisis and a homelessness problem that in January was estimated to reach nearly 12,000 people.

But with the...

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