D.C. Budget Hearing Draws Participation, Raises Tax Questions | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

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

Play associated audio

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.

NPR

Mafia Wife, Getaway Driver, Stunt Woman: From The Underworld To Hollywood

Georgia Durante's career as a stunt driver has led to roles in car commercials and movies. But before the bright lights of Hollywood, the former model was speeding away from a dark past.
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Man Caught At White House Is An Army Veteran

Omar J. Gonzales, the 42-year-old man who the Secret Service says ran onto the White House grounds and entered a door Friday night, is an Army veteran who served in Iraq.
NPR

Drivers, Passengers Say Uber App Doesn't Always Yield Best Routes

People love Uber, but they often complain the Uber app's built-in navigation doesn't give its drivers the best directions. The company says the app helps drivers and passengers travel efficiently.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.