Vehement opposition to the a DC commuter tax both amazes and puzzles. DC residents deserve the same rights as other American citizens. If the city leaders of any other city in this country wanted to impose a commuter tax, they could do so. The District should be no different.
As the capital city, DC has expenses and funding challenges that other cities don’t face. DC can't collect property tax on the vast holdings of the federal government here. Nor does DC receive property tax from many of the nonprofits located here because DC is the nation's capital. DC has higher security costs because of its status as the capital. And those are just a few examples. For those who oppose the commuter tax, how would they propose that DC fund its additional costs related to its unique status as the nation's capital.
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