Jim Graham says his colleagues on the DC Council may not be ready to raise taxes yet, but that may well change.
The 13-member panel is currently looking for ways to close a $188 million budget shortfall, and expectations are that more cutting will be necessary in the new year, as revenues continue to fall short of projections and federal stimulus money dries up.
Today on NewsTalk, Graham (D-Ward 1) said he will continue to press for an income surtax on high-wage residents, and he predicted the difficulty of cutting valued government programs beyond this round of reductions may spur his colleagues to reluctantly agree to a tax hike in the spring.
Another area worth considering, in Graham’s view, is the tax on parking. It hasn’t been raised in decades, in part, he contends, because of the political strength of the companies that own garages here. But he said the parking tax is a good way to get into the pockets of suburbanites and visitors.
Our interview with Councilman Graham re-airs today at 4pm and 6pm. In the replay you’ll hear him discuss proposed changes in the governing structure of Metro.
We also talked today with Ron Moten and Jauhar Abraham, co-founders of the Peaceoholics. Most of our discussion focused on the rampant unemployment that permeates many District neighborhoods.
But we also talked about whether Moten’s political activity – and his high-voltage support of Mayor Fenty in this year’s primary – have hurt the organization:
Lastly, we talked about the legal setback for the president’s health care overhaul. Politico’s James Hohmann talked about the substance of the ruling and Fairfax Chamber of Commerce President Jim Corcoran discussed his members’ opposition to “Obamacare.” Most of that discussion will re-air at 4pm & 6pm. The portion that doesn’t re-air is here:
Wednesday at 10am: DC Councilman Michael A. Brown