The Politics Hour | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

A court ruling reopens the possibility that the District will hold an election for attorney general this fall. Virginia's governor mulls expanding Medicaid as the commonwealth's budget standoff continues. And Maryland candidates begin their final sprint to primaries on June 24. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Watch A Featured Clip

Despite the largely negative public reaction to a proposal to tax certain city services, including gym memberships and classes at yoga studios, D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson said again Friday officials would likely not revisit the issue.

The proposed 5.75 sales tax, quickly dubbed the "yoga tax" by many residents, is part of an effort to broaden the city's tax base, Mendleson said on the Kojo Nnamdi Show's Friday Politics Hour.

Ultimately, he said, this year's package of tax reforms would actually save DC taxpayers some hundreds of dollars. If the tax was scrapped, officials would have to find another revenue source to replace it.

In response to a caller who suggested the tax could work against residents' efforts to stay healthy, Mendleson said "I don't know any tax administrator ... who would say that affects behavior."

He noted that even the tax on cigarettes, which can reach $2 per pack, hasn't done much to deter sales, nor has the tax on sugary beverages.

Watch the full discussion below

NPR

The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.
NPR

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.
WAMU 88.5

Krupicka Wants Landlords To Be More Transparent About Mold

The Northern Virginia delegate has introduced legislation to make sure renters have access to information about mold.
NPR

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

Leave a Comment

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