Seattle’s Assault on Amazon, Bigger Businesses Passes Affordable Housing Tax, Plus MH Market Updates

CNNmoney5.15.2018ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsLate Monday, Seattle stayed in the national headlines, as it passed a modified version of their head tax on larger businesses, in order to pay for their growing affordable housing crisis. That will be our focus report this evening.

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  • Elon Musk blasts Tesla crash coverage, as NHTSA backs models
  • Seattle’s ‘Amazon tax’ to hurt wages, hiring, experts warn
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Today’s markets and stocks, at the closing bell…



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Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –

A new tax approved by the Seattle City Council late Monday will have a negative impact on businesses in the area, experts say, which could mean a reduction in both hiring and wages,” reports Fox Business.

The private sector will respond in a negative way to the new head tax, in this case with less hiring and modestly reduced wages,” said Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute.

As the Daily Business News previously reported, the controversial tax has split unions and others in the “progressive” city.  Part of the oddity of this scenario is that no one – including the supporters of the new tax plan – claim that this levy will actually solve the growing problems of homelessness or the shortage of affordable housing.

Two of the city’s biggest employers – e-commerce giant Amazon and coffee retailer Starbucks – have come out in opposition to the measure.

The [Seattle] tax comes out to 14 cents per employee per hour, or $275 per employee, per year, on for-profit companies that net at least $20 million annually,” said Fox Business. “It was unanimously approved by the city council’s board members.”

The story also highlights the negative impact of tax hikes, and by implication, the positive impact of tax cuts.

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Bloomberg Closing Ticker for MHProNews…

NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services.

NOTE: The chart below covers a number of stocks NOT reflected in the Yahoo MHCV, shown above.

NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).


Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing.

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