Superior court victory for D.C. budget autonomy

Kimberly Perry at DC Vote writes:

Almost three years ago, we stood together and celebrated the passage of Referendum 8, a ballot initiative that amended the DC Home Rule Charter to give the District of Columbia local budget control. With the law on our side, we freed ourselves from congressional control over our local tax dollars.

Last night, the DC Superior Court upheld the force of the election and declared DC’s local budget autonomy act the law of the land….

This victory is long overdue, and we are grateful to those who stood behind the will of the people along the way. Thank you to DC Appleseed, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Council Chair Phil Mendelson, the DC Council and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton as well as the numerous legal teams who crafted and defended this law. Our victory would not be possible without their involvement or yours.

Some members of Congress may still choose to stand in our way – refusing to surrender even a portion of the control they maintain over the District. But we are prepared to defend our laws.


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