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Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez Defends Latest Business 'Head Tax' Proposal

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In this Jan. 30, 2017, file photo, Councilmembers Rob Johnson, Lorena Gonzalez and former Councilmember Tim Burgess listen to public testimony at City Hall.

The Seattle City Council is poised to enact a so-called "head tax" on businesses. 

The latest proposal would only apply to businesses grossing $20 million or more. It would start as a per-employee tax before changing to a tax on total payroll in 2021. It's expected to raise $75 million per year for the city's efforts to combat homelessness.

City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez is one of the sponsors of the legislation. She spoke with Seattle Times reporters Jim Brunner and Dan Beekman.

The conversation above is an excerpt from The Overcast, the Seattle Times politics podcast recorded at KNKX. You can find The Overcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn and Stitcher. 

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