D.C. Mayor Backing Off Popcorn Tax | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

D.C. Mayor Backing Off Popcorn Tax

Play associated audio
 
D.C.'s mayor seems unlikely to pursue a movie theater popcorn tax he proposed earlier this week -- at least for now.
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jt_white/4991059908/
  D.C.'s mayor seems unlikely to pursue a movie theater popcorn tax he proposed earlier this week -- at least for now.  

The so-called “popcorn tax” in D.C. is losing steam, but D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he hopes his proposal to tax concession sales at local movie theaters will spark some dialogue. 

The original plan called for a 5 percent surtax on soda, candy, popcorn and other concession items. The city would then use 75% of that revenue to finance a movie theatre somewhere east of the Anacostia River -- where right now -- there are no movie theaters. 

But the National Association of Theater Owners immediately panned the proposal this week.

"We feel it's misdirected and unfair to attack theaters already contributing to the District’s economy to subsidize a direct competitor," says Todd Halstead, the group's spokesman.

Gray seems to be walking back the popcorn tax, saying the proposal isn't set in stone, and likening it to the "beginning of a conversation."

"We are trying to send a message too, that the same amenities ought to be available to people east of the river as they are west of the river," Gray says. Any tax or fee increase would need to be approved by the D.C. Council. 

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 27

An artist jabs at comforting notions of home and playwrights present new work at a local venue.

NPR

Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out.
NPR

After Inspector General Report, Veterans Want More Than Promises

The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
NPR

Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out.

Leave a Comment

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