In happier government news, D.C. tax rate falls a little bit

Starting today, shopping will cost you a tiny bit less than it did yesterday. In a revolutionary effort to stimulate the economy, the D.C. Council voted to lower the sales tax rate from 6 percent to 5.75 percent…. Read More

D.C. budget breakdown: City transportation changes and more help for low-income housing

Last week, the D.C. Council approved a record $12.1 billion city budget for fiscal 2014. The new budget, which likely will be officially passed next month, includes several key changes to city transportation and low-income housing. Circulator bus… Read More

District Digest: Old bills in the council and new trains on the Metro

D.C. Council recycles old legislative material In preparation for their first major meeting of 2013, several lawmakers on the D.C. Council reintroduced old propositions, which were previously not passed. The tactic is a classic attempt by legislators to… Read More

College students, rejoice! D.C. Council moves to allow Sunday liquor sales

Moar of dis The District of Columbia is slated to leave the dwindling number of states still outlawing off-premises Sunday liquor sales. This Tuesday, the D.C. Council initially approved a measure that would completely revamp the district’s alcohol… Read More

District Digest: Yo-Yo Ma visits and D.C. Council dysfunctions

Yo-Yo Ma stops by elementary school in Anacostia Famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma and former New York City Ballet dancer Damian Woetzel visited Savoy Elementary School in Ward 8 to perform and work with students after his performance at… Read More

District Digest: Bills pass and schools may be slashed

This week, barring the national sex scandals, D.C. Chancellor Kaya Henderson comes out in opposition to the proposal to close 20 public schools in the city, and a bill is in the making to make adults in the… Read More

District Digest: Snakes at the zoo, students skip school

This week in the District, eight tentacled snakes were born at the Smithsonian National Zoo, D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announces an “education crisis” in the number of students with unexcused absences, and a robbery in Dupont Circle… Read More

District Digest: Absentee woes and mystery patios

This week’s roundup of news in the D.C. area features a strange episode with a patio, a school board member who might not be reappointed for his views on multiculturalism, and the change that absentee ballots can be… Read More

Potty-mouthed D.C. Council racks up massive cell phone bill

While D.C. leaders have been touring the country, attempting to convince state lawmakers to help the District grow up and become a full-fledged state, the D.C. Council has been spewing profanity and piling up cell phone bills like… Read More

District Digest: Scandals galore

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, District Digest will bring you the highlights from this week’s news around D.C. and the greater metropolitan area. Weiner – with his creative¬†use of twitter – is not even close to being the only… Read More