National Affairs: Cheap Performance

The 623,000 people who live in the District of Columbia have a local government which costs 48-odd million dollars a year. Because its large realty holdings are taxexempt, the Federal Government last year contributed a flat $5,000,000 to help run the District. For the privilege of doing business in Washington, some 45,000 businessmen paid in licenses and business-privilege taxes another two million into the District's till. The additional 41 millions or so were paid by D. C. citizens who always grouse about taxation without representation, because Congress makes their laws but they cannot...

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