Breakfast links: Taxes and cars
Photo by Caro Wallis on Flickr.
Get rid of the hybrid tax:
Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) and Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) created an online petition
to ask Governor McDonnell to line-item veto the $100 hybrid fee in the transportation bill. Dave Albo (R-Prince William) wants to keep it. (Post)
Car taxes oddly rise:
DC collected a lot of vehicle taxes
in January. Did people buy a lot of cars, or was DMV just catching up on late paperwork? Nobody really knows. (WBJ)
Downside of sales tax on gas:
Two economists point out drawbacks
to a sales tax on gas instead of a per-gallon gas tax: the price of gas is much more volatile and often doesn't track inflation, making it a less predictable revenue source. (Post)
Graham slapped for ethics:
The DC Council officially reprimanded Jim Graham
(Ward 1), with only Marion Barry supporting Graham. The council also took away Graham's alcohol oversight and gave it to Vincent Orange. (DCist)
See DC from space:
From the International Space Station, you can see DC pretty clearly
and make out downtown, the Mall (as negative space), the Beltway, and even the DC-Maryland border. (DCist)
The next taxi regulatory fight:
SideCar, a service that lets drivers give other people rides, was shut down in Philadelphia
because its drivers aren't officially licensed as taxi drivers. Debates over whether to allow this kind of ridesharing will likely be the next iteration of the Uber battles. (Philly Post)
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