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House to Challenge D.C. Budget Autonomy Referendum E-mail

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) chaired a hearing on May 12, 2016 on D.C. Home Rule: Examining the Intent of Congress in the District of Columbia Home Rule Act of 1973.  The hearing focused on whether the D.C. Council's effort to amend the Home Rule Charter through a referendum to authorize "budget autonomy," i.e. the right of the Council to approve the budget and appropriate the Disrict's local tax monies without going through the Congressional appropriation process laid out in the Home Rule Act. Current and former congressional attorneys and even Irvin Nathan, D.C.'s former attorney general, testified that the District lacks the legal authority to spend independently. Aaron Post wrote extensively about the hearing in the May 12, 2016 Washington Post.

 

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New Poll on Retrocession to Maryland - Maryland says No! E-mail
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2016/04/25/poll-marylanders-dont-want-to-annex-d-c/
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Poll: Marylanders Don’t Want To Annex D.C.

Posted by Andrew Giambrone on April 25, 2016 at 5:38 pm

As D.C.'s push for statehood appears to be gaining momentum (for the umpteenth time, one might add), the District's neighbors in Maryland appear to want less to do with the nation's capital, according to a new poll.

Public Policy Polling on Friday released the results of a survey it had conducted of 879 registered Maryland voters from April 15th to 17th. Among Marylanders' support for boosting the state minimum wage (most of them) and requiring criminal background checks for gun sales (more than 80 percent) was a question about the District:

Q22 Would your support or oppose Maryland annexing Washington DC?

Support Maryland annexing Wshington DC 28%

Oppose Maryland annexing Washington DC 44%

Not sure 28%

So much for retrocession! (Not that D.C. residents would want to become part of Maryland, in any case...)

[The poll's data can be found at http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2015/PPP_Release_MD_42216.pdf]

 

 
Mayor Proposes New Statehood Plan E-mail
On April 15, 2016, at the Emancipation Day breakfast, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled a plan to reinvigorate the statehood movement by calling a constitutional convention to update the 1987 constitution passed by the D.C. Council, but never ratified by the voters. On April 21, 2016, at a meeting of the New Columbia Statehood Commission, which consists of D.C.'s statehood senators and representative, the chairman of the Council and the Mayor, she presented her plan in a little more detail. Read more for press coverage by the Washington Post and WAMU of the Commission's meeting and the actions it approved.
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The District is about to declare its independence — from Congress E-mail

The Washington Post published on Emancipation Day, celebrated this year on April 15, 2016 (as April 16 is a Saturday), a extensive piece by reporter Aaron Davis on the District of Columbia's efforts to gain the right to self-government through statehood and all the related rights that statehood grants, such as control over its state and local budget and legislation, as well as voting representation in Congress and an unrestricted vote for President. To find out more, click on read more.

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D.C. Emancipation Day Delays Federal Tax Day E-mail

D.C.'s Statehood Representative, Franklin Garcia describes in the the April 13, 2016 edition of the Huffington Post why all Americans have an extension of time until April 18, 2016 to file their Federal income tax return. The IRS gave everyone three more days because April 15th is the day the District of Columbia's one official holiday, D.C. Emancipation Day, is going to be celebrated this year. D.C. Emancipation Day celebrates President Lincoln's signing on April 16,1862 of the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act  which freed over 3,100 slaves in the District of Columbia. For more information, read Rep. Garcia's article.

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