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Issa Proposes Hearing On D.C. Commuter Tax

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading House Republican is proposing a hearing on the possibility of the District of Columbia taxing people who work in the district but live elsewhere.

The district is barred under the Home Rule Act from imposing a commuter tax. But according to The Washington Post, Rep. Darrell Issa of California noted Thursday that the district is the only place in the country with such a restriction, and he says it’s worth examining in a hearing.

Issa did not explicitly endorse a commuter tax, but he said he thought it was a bad idea to give workers an incentive to live in Maryland or Virginia and commute to the district.

Issa chairs the House Oversight Committee, which oversees district government.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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