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As D.C. leaders brace for ‘tight’ budget, council chair broaches tax hike | Washington Post

March 08, 2024
  • D.C. Policy Center

On March 7, 2024, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin was quoted in the Washington Post:

Yesim Sayin, the executive director of the D.C. Policy Center, who is also a member of the Tax Revision Commission, said that one area of disagreement among commissioners was a proposed business activity tax — viewed as a potential tool to boost revenue. Sayin said some commissioners worried such a tax could further weaken demand for office space in the District. “The decision was to hit the brakes and be more thoughtful about this,” she added.

On lawmakers’ forthcoming budget challenge, Sayin said the city’s policy experts are also bracing for difficult choices. “This is a city that has planned for growth from 2007 to 2019. We never had to rank our priorities, and it’s going to be very difficult — I would not want to be the mayor or the council right now,” Sayin said.

Read More: As D.C. leaders brace for ‘tight’ budget, council chair broaches tax hike

Additional reading: Budget Spotlight: Looking forward to FY2025


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