DC budget autonomy law goes into effect

4:34 PM, Jan 1, 2014   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The District of Columbia can now spend its local tax dollars without having to wait for Congress.

Wednesday, DC Vote representatives issued a press release, saying:

"A new DC budget law that was initiated by a ballot referendum to amend DC's home rule charter backed by 83 percent of District voters went into effect at midnight, January 1, 2014.

"The new law modifies the District's budget process by allowing the District government to appropriate and spend local tax dollars, without having to wait for enactment of a federal DC spending bill."

You may recall that budget autonomy was a big issue during the partial federal government shutdown. The shutdown had prevented D.C.'s government from spending local tax dollars and it had to run on emergency funds.

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