WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

'Fiscal Cliff' A Major Concern for D.C. Officials

Play associated audio

The prospect of looming tax hikes and spending cuts, puts the District and surrounding areas in a vulnerable position, said D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Vincent Gray, who are calling on Congress to make a deal in order to avoid going over the Fiscal Cliff

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said this region would suffer more than any other in the United States from a cut in government spending caused by a fall off the so called 'fiscal cliff.'

"We have a disproportionate amount of federal employees and federal contractors.," Holmes said. "The federal government spends a lot of its money in the District. We would be more in the hole than some states."

Backing up her comments was D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who says funding for educational and healthcare programs would be cut.

"We could fall right back into a recession again," Gray said. "We would experience reductions in our income tax revenue, sales tax revenue and our property tax revenue. In the aggregate of itself it would total about $50 million. Obviously, in and of itself A huge hit on the District of Columbia's income."

The House will be back in session Sunday evening to discuss any options on the table.

NPR

Woody Allen Presents First TV Series, 'Crisis In Six Scenes,' On Amazon

Woody Allen's first foray into television, Crisis in Six Scenes, debuts on Amazon Friday. The series is a six-part comedy set in the 1960s with a cast that includes Miley Cyrus.
NPR

Our Robot Overlords Are Now Delivering Pizza, And Cooking It On The Go

A Silicon Valley startup wants to use technology to solve the pizza paradox. It's a food that's meant to be delivered but never tastes quite as good upon arrival.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - September 30, 2016

D.C.'s statehood activists rally while the Council opens debate on a state constitution. An appeals court reviews Virginia's voter ID law. And Prince George's County contends with a spate of incidents involving sexual abuse of school kids.

NPR

Our Robot Overlords Are Now Delivering Pizza, And Cooking It On The Go

A Silicon Valley startup wants to use technology to solve the pizza paradox. It's a food that's meant to be delivered but never tastes quite as good upon arrival.

Leave a Comment

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