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Posted at 07:40 PM ET, 08/22/2011

DeEvening Links: Taxes on the table

Brown, floating taxes like a butterfly... (Katherine Frey - The Washington Post)
D.C. Council member Kwame R. Brown (D) tells the Post he’s open to a higher income tax on top earners in order to make up for revenue lost by Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s bond tax veto. But he says strings must be attached! “If someone introduces an income tax increase, it has to go to maintaining existing facilities,” Brown told Tim Craig. “Residents are talking about how we are going these new facilities. The question is, do we need to come up with a solution? And do we need a dedicated revenue stream so there is accountability?” This pundit, for one, thinks prioritizing maintenance is a fine idea. But it does represent a significant change of heart for Brown, who had previously gone to great pains to stave off an income tax hike.

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The glory of Capital Punishment (Post, DCist)

Eleanor Holmes Norton: “Those of us in the District of Columbia see some unfinished King business here.” (WAMU-FM)

Does Wal-Mart really care about the environment? (D.C. Environmental Network)

More on the District’s same-sex couples (Blade)

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