On July 10, 2017, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a law taxing the rich. Individual incomes over $250,000 and $500,000 for married couples will pay a 2.25% tax. Funds raised, estimated at $175 million, will go for affordable housing, education, transit, and other services. Seattle is home base for tech behemoth Amazon, the world's largest internet sales company. The tech force of employees drawn to the city is turning Seattle into a city only affordable for those high-income techs. Will Seattle maintain affordability for its middle and low-income population, or will it continue a path like San Francisco, pricing and forcing out thousands of poor and people of color?
On June 22, Republicans revealed their “secret” health care plan, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Immediately, people with disabilities protested the draconian cuts to Medicaid that could strip away federal support for health care helping people to live independent lives.