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Proposed D.C. Tax Hike Loses Momentum Ahead Of Budget Vote

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Advocates plead with Council member Marion Barry Tuesday to support proposal to income tax increase. On Wednesday, he voted against the measure.
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Advocates plead with Council member Marion Barry Tuesday to support proposal to income tax increase. On Wednesday, he voted against the measure.

Dozens of organizers with the advocacy group Save our Safety Net flooded the halls of the Wilson Building in an effort to build support -- or at least hold the line -- on Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed income tax increase.

A recent poll by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute shows the majority of residents support a tax increase to preserve public services.

Council members Tommy Wells and Marion Barry, who in the past have been two of the most reliable and vocal proponents of an income tax increase, refused to promise their support.

This means Gray’s proposed tax increase on wealthier households likely doesn't have enough votes, while Council Chairman Kwame Brown's approach for raising revenue -- a tax on out-of-state bonds -- will likely pass in Wednesday's vote on the budget.

Meanwhile, council members -- and everyone else -- are still waiting for Brown to release his proposed budget ahead of Wednesday's vote.

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