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D.C. Budget Hearing Draws Participation, Raises Tax Questions

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D.C. Council members may need sleeping bags for today's marathon hearing on how it will close this year's $188 million budget deficit. More than 90 witnesses are scheduled to testify. It's clear many agencies, nonprofits, business owners and others are worried about severe budget cuts.

So far the hearing has become a debate over taxes, specifically a proposal to raise the income tax for the city's highest earners. Many people here are wearing stickers that say "1 percent" –- that's the percent increase some advocates want for those making over $200,000.

But there's been some stiff resistance by some council members, most notably David Catania, who would rather see a more modest increase across the board.

Either way, it looks like the council will pass some tax increase to raise revenue.

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