The D.C. Council cuts taxes


Chairman Phil Mendelson’s budget deal was a big endorsement of a mayor’s pet policies: Former mayor Anthony Williams’s. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

A mayor came out a big winner in Wednesday’s D.C. Council budget vote. But it sure wasn’t Vincent C. Gray, who saw two potential legacy projects — a new east-of-the-river hospital and a 37-mile streetcar network — derailed. Rather, it was former mayor Anthony A. Williams, who chaired the D.C. Tax Revision Commission whose broad recommendations were largely adopted by Chairman Phil Mendelson and colleagues Wednesday. Those included a significant income tax cut for low- and middle-income city residents, plus business tax cuts to be phased in over the coming years. Cuts of $225 million, however, were offset by nearly $67 million of new revenue — including from the dreaded “yoga tax,” an expansion of the sales tax to new businesses, including health clubs and tanning salons. More budget news from Loose LipsWaTimesWBJWRC-TVWJLA-TVWAMU-FM.

In other news:

Michael Brown will be sentenced today (PostAP)

Victor Hoskins leaves Gray administration for high-level Prince George’s post (DiggerHousing ComplexWBJ)

The “yoga tax” — and the storage tax and the carpet-cleaning tax and the car-wash tax and the bowling tax — are now close to reality (DofDWTTG-TV)

Are funding cuts the death knell for streetcars or just responsible budgeting? (PostWAMU-FM)

Why streetcar funding got slashed with barely a fight (DofD)

You know what would help build support for streetcar funding? An operating streetcar (Dr. Gridlock)

Marion Barry is down on streetcars, don’t you know (Digger)

Police department’s refusal to participate in “House of Cards” filming last year caused a whole lot of headaches (Loose Lips)

Yvette Alexander’s at-large dreams fade (DofDLoose Lips)

And she’s none too happy about old friend Vince Gray calling out her budget moves (Loose LipsWBJWJLA-TV)

Dispatching mix-up blamed for 90-year-old woman’s ambulance wait (PostWTTG-TVWJLA-TV)

Zoning Commission shares doubts on McMillan redevelopment plan (UrbanTurf)

Police address Capitol Hill residents after string of violent assaults (PostWTOPWRC-TV)

ABC Board moves to revoke XII nightclub’s liquor license (Post)

Senators have little interest in fiddling with D.C. marijuana laws (Roll Call)

The city could be doing a lot more to help renters affected by mold (Housing Complex)

Maya Angelou Public Charter School reacts to namesake’s death (WUSA-TV)

In mayor race, “the real fight is brewing over the looming shakeup in school boundaries,” says Tom Sherwood (WRC-TV)

How the DCJCC decides what art it will show: very deliberately (Post)

Watered-down “ban the box” bill goes to full council (DCist)

Laborers’ picket at Cafritz construction site fouls Connecticut Avenue morning traffic (Dr. Gridlock)

Budget provision would give children of charter school employees a leg up in admissions (Post)

Tommy Wells stands up for Crunkcakes (Washingtonian)

In the end, sidewalk cafe fees were spared (WRC-TV)

Naming Union Station after Harry Truman may run afoul of his wishes and a federal law (Post column)

Curtis Malone, former basketball kingpin, is sentenced to 100 months for drug charges (PostCity Desk)

Kelvin Robinson’s court date is postponed due to hospitalization (@SegravesNBC4)

Marion Barry, Anacostia developer host Bowser fundraiser (CHotR)

David Catania “stands with Wilson” against bigoted picketers (Catania for Mayor)

Cross the white line, risk a red-light ticket (WUSA-TV)

Shaw’s 7th Street is in for some streetscape upgrades (SALM)

Fundrise wins $31 million cash infusion (Digger)

Booze delivery comes to D.C. — but not all of D.C. (City Desk)

Never mind about the “coywolves” (WTOP)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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Mike DeBonis · May 28