WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Council Votes Against Income Tax Hike

Play associated audio
Advocates silently protest as the D.C. Council votes to reject the income tax proposal Wednesday.
Patrick Madden
Advocates silently protest as the D.C. Council votes to reject the income tax proposal Wednesday.

The tax proposal failed in an 8-5 vote. Key votes against the measure were Council members Tommy Wells and Marion Barry, who both supported the plan in the past.

In a last-minute effort to persuade council members to vote for the hike, dozens of organizers with the advocacy group Save our Safety Net flooded the halls of the Wilson Building Tuesday. A recent poll by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute shows the majority of residents would support a tax increase to preserve public services.

The vote means the alternative revenue-generator, a tax on out-of-state bonds, will go forward. However, several council members noted that when the city tried to do this in the past, support on the council evaporated once pensioners and others affected by the tax spoke out against it.

The council's $10 billion spending plan, which requires a second and final vote later in June, also restores most of the deep cuts to safety net services that were originally proposed in Gray's budget.

The council, against the suggestion of the city's chief financial officer, is also already laying out how it will spend a projected increase in revenue that's due to arrive later this summer. These expected funds will be used to restore social services and hire more police officers, among other things.

Gray, despite losing on the income tax increase, says he will sign off on this budget.

NPR

Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Took Unlikely Path To Hollywood Royalty

Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood knows tough times. A single mom at 17 who once worked at a French fry factory to make ends meet is Hollywood royalty today. A favorite of director Tim Burton, Atwood is now costume designer for his adaptation of the darkly comic, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and the upcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
NPR

Carnegie Deli Says It Is Closing Down Its Landmark NYC Restaurant

As news of the closing rippled far beyond the deli's home turf in Manhattan Friday, hundreds of people responded with sadness and disbelief.
NPR

Trump And The Testosterone Takeover Of 2016

It's a historic election, with the first female major-party nominee. But for all that, Trump's masculinity has been on unusually prominent display.
NPR

The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.

Leave a Comment

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