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The Overcast: Downtown Seattle Association Opposes City 'Head Tax' Proposal

Elaine Thompson
AP Photo
Tarp-covered tents line a sidewalk beneath a highway and adjacent to downtown Seattle, Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

The debate over the proposed "head tax" on large Seattle businesses is heating up.

Last week, City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez made the case for the per-employee tax expected to raise $75 million annually for the city's homelessness efforts. Gonzalez is one of the legislation's four sponsors.

Supporters have been vocal about the issue, but so have opponents. Amazon took an especially visible stand Wednesday by pausing some construction downtown.

This week we hear from Jon Scholes, president of the Downtown Seattle Association, which also opposes the tax. He spoke with Seattle Times political reporter Jim Brunner and KNKX reporter Simone Alicea.

The conversation above is an excerpt from The Overcast, the Seattle Times politics podcast recorded at KNKX. You can find The Overcast anywhere you get your podcasts.

A Seattle native and former KNKX intern, Simone Alicea spent four years as a producer and reporter at KNKX. She earned her Bachelor's of Journalism from Northwestern University and covered breaking news for the Chicago Sun-Times. During her undergraduate career, she spent time in Cape Town, South Africa, covering metro news for the Cape Times.