As The Post’s Tim Craig reported this morning, it’s looking like the majority of the D.C. Council is lining up against a proposal by Mayor Vince Gray to raise taxes on residents making more than $200,000 a year. More important, as the Examiner’s Freeman Klopott wrote over the weekend, D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown has already made clear that Gray’s tax hike won’t make it past him.
The District’s residents, though, seem to be going in a different direction. A poll commissioned by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute (and reported on by The Post and WAMU yesterday) finds that 85 percent of residents find the tax hike on the city’s highest earners “totally acceptable” or “acceptable” (66 percent went for the former, 19 percent for the latter), while cuts in services like funding for affordable housing and mental health services are generally seen as “totally unacceptable.” Most surprisingly -- and likely something of a shock to tax hike opponents Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) -- 85 percent of respondents in the city’s wealthiest wards find the increases acceptable, the second-highest number of the four ward groupings tested. (Ward 1 and 6 stood at 87 percent, Ward 4 and 6 and 85 percent, and Ward 7 and 8 at 82 percent.)
All told, the poll finds, 70 percent of residents say that maintaining public services is a higher priority than holding the line on taxes.
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]