Wednesday news roundup

The proposed employee head tax headlines this morning’s news.

Seattle Times, Crosscut, SeattleMet, The Stranger, KIRO, KING, KOMO, Puget Sound Business Journal, and MyNorthwest all report on the inclusion of the proposed tax on employee hours in the Council’s draft budget for 2018.

Seattle Transit Blog notes that the Center City Streetcar project looks like it will survive the budget development process.

MyNorthwest discusses the recently-passed income tax and its implications.

Crosscut argues that the defamation suits against Council member Sawant prove that Washington state needs a new anti-SLAPP suit law.

The Urbanist and the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce report on the effort to design lids on I-5 downtown.

Madison Park Times reports on the renewed effort to address buildings with unreinforced masonry.

Queen Anne News covers the forward progress on the Key Arena renovation.

KING and SB Nation report that several prominent musicians have sent a letter to the city throwing their support behind the SODO Arena and a plan to remake Key Arena into a multi-stage concert venue.