Originally published on April 14, 2016 on The Washington Post by Aaron C. Davis
When the District sends its $13 billion budget to Congress this year, it might as well affix a sticky note that reads “Dare you.”
For the first time since the Founding Fathers carved out the nation’s capital from swampland, the District will not ask the federal government for permission to spend its money. Instead, it will use local tax dollars as it sees fit, just as 50 states do.
There is one problem — Congress treats the District as a federal agency, no different from the way it funds the Department of Labor or the Interior. And Congress has warned that an insurrection by the city would violate the Constitution.
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