Sunday, November 8, 2015

Congresswoman takes issue with DC's FY 2016 budget

The Virgin Islands Consortium reports that Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-VI)
fought back a provision in the District of Columbia Fiscal Year 2016 Budget that listed the U.S. Virgin Islands among 39 countries recognized by the local D.C. Government as tax havens, according to a press release issued by Mrs. Plaskett's office on Thursday.

The "fighting back" involved having Council Chairman Phil Mendelson introduce, and the council pass, an emergency measure to remove the US Virgin Islands from the list of tax havens included in the budget.

This will not have an impact on the FY 2016 budget.

As a member of the committee with oversight over DC, it would have been nice had the congresswoman referred to the council in the proper manner rather than as the DC City Council (see release).   And taking issue with the DC government's budget and the role Congress plays was also the opportunity for her to support the city's efforts to get out from under congressional control.

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