Posts for 'Economic Development'

TOURISM IMPROVEMENT AREA APPROVED

October 4th, 2011

On Monday, September 26, the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance creating the Seattle Tourism Improvement Area (STIA).  The legislation creates a special taxing district that will charge $2 per bed night to guests in hotels with 60 or more rooms in the greater downtown area.  The estimated $6 million that will be raised will […]

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PAID SICK LEAVE: GOOD IDEA, WRONG LEGISLATION

September 13th, 2011

On Monday, September 12, by a vote of 8 to 1 the Council approved legislation requiring Seattle employers to provide paid sick leave days to their employees. I voted against the legislation, although I believe that paid sick leave should be ensured to all people in a humane and just society, and appreciate the work […]

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