D.C. Commuter Tax May Be Considered Next Year | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

D.C. Commuter Tax May Be Considered Next Year

Play associated audio
Rush hour traffic fills the Key Bridge between D.C. and Virginia in 2009. Now, Congress may consider allowing the District to impose a commuter tax on those who live in Virginia (or Maryland) and work in the Washington.
Victoria Pickering (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vpickering/3910289274/)
Rush hour traffic fills the Key Bridge between D.C. and Virginia in 2009. Now, Congress may consider allowing the District to impose a commuter tax on those who live in Virginia (or Maryland) and work in the Washington.

The District currently can't tax Virginians or Marylanders who commute to D.C. to work, but Congress may be considering revisiting that rule.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is proposing a hearing on the possibility that the District of Columbia could tax people who work in the District but live elsewhere.

The District is barred under the Home Rule Act from imposing a commuter tax. But Issa noted Thursday that the District is the only place in the country with such a restriction, and he says it's worth examining in a hearing, according to the Washington Post

Issa does not explicitly endorse the commuter tax, but he said during a hearing on the District's building heights restrictions Thursday he thought it was a bad idea to give workers an incentive to live in Maryland or Virginia and commute to the District, the Post reports.

Issa chairs the House Oversight Committee, which oversees District government.

NPR

A Puzzle With Ch-Ch-Changes

Every answer is a word starting with "ch," and your clue will be an anagram of the word.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

What Will Become Of Obama's Request For Immigration Relief Funds?

NPR's Arun Rath talks to political correspondent Mara Liasson about the chances of a political agreement over how to handle the migration of thousands of Central American children.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

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