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According to The Week, a nine-person panel unanimously approved a new $275-per-employee tax on big companies (like Amazon) in Seattle, in order to raise about $48 million annually for homeless services.

1. In Seattle, how much has the number of people sleeping on the street grown by over the period from 2015to 2017?
2. How many homeless encampments now currently dot the city of Seattle?
3. Is this just an issue for Seattle? What is going on across the country? Explain.


Staff. (2018) Seattle’s Amazon Tax. The Week, May 26 (Retrievable online at