A GOP House could be good for D.C.
By Jeff Surrell
In his Oct. 23 op-ed, “GOP storm brewing for the District,” Colbert I. King warned District residents of the perceived dangers of the GOP regaining power on Capitol Hill and rightly suggested that presumptive mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray do his homework to build relations with incoming Republicans, whose party is often indifferent or hostile to the District.
If Mr. Gray digs deeply enough, he may find some tantalizing policies brewing in GOP circles. One proposal that would have a profound impact on the District is a bill submitted by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) that would free D.C. residents from paying federal income taxes until they get true voting representation in Congress. This initiative would bring to life the cheeky slogan on D.C. license plates and make the District the envy of the 50 states.
U.S. possessions with nonvoting delegates to the House (American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam, etc.) are exempt from paying federal income taxes because Congress acknowledged that they do not have an elected representative in Congress to vote on federal income tax legislation.
Regardless of the constitutional issue of D.C. voting rights, perhaps the new mayor can pay a visit to the Republicans who are bringing fresh ideas to what has been a difficult relationship.
| October 26, 2010; 9:47 PM ET
Categories: D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Vincent Gray
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