Seattle OKs tax on Amazon, Starbucks and other giant companies to help the homeless

Proponents of the tax say too many people are suffering on the streets, and while city-funded programs found homes for 3,400 people last year, the problem deepens. The Seattle region had the third-highest number of homeless people in the United States and saw 169 homeless deaths last year. The city spent $68 million on programs for the homeless last year and plans to spend more this year. The tax will provide additional revenue.