February 2013 Membership Meeting

Taxation Without Representation – Is Statehood The Answer?

When: Thursday, February 21, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
6:30 PM – CPCA Business Meeting
7:00 PM – Guest Speaker Former Mayor Anthony Williams
Where: Cleveland Park Library, 1st floor meeting room

It was indeed an historic moment when the presidential limousine’s license plate at the inauguration included the words “Taxation Without Representation.” This is a perfect time, therefore, to explore the relationship between the District of Columbia and the U.S. Congress. What should be done about the inequity we all experience as residents of DC? If the District were to achieve statehood, what would happen to the federal subsidies currently allocated to the District? The District is strictly an urban community, whereas states have both urban and rural means of generating a revenue base. Would this fact have any consequence were DC to gain statehood? Is statehood the answer? Are there alternative remedies to a lack of representation?