District Council At-large Candidates on Biking

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SmartBike has already shown some success, but it needs to expand if it is going to really change the way people think about transit. How would you pay for such an expansion?

Schwartzman – Rather than raising fees for SmartBike use, we need to generate more revenue to meet essential needs which include reducing air pollution from motor vehicle use. This is an environmental justice issue, with major implications to our residents’ health, especially our children. Our present FY2009 District budget is woefully inadequate to meet these needs. Sources of additional revenue include:
1) Making our individual/family tax structure both fair and progressive, e.g., raise the DC income tax rate for the top 5% and lower it for the working class majority, just as Obama has pledged to do with the federal tax structure.
2) Cut corporate welfare, including earmarks and items hidden in our opaque special funds budget.
3) Use District-owned buildings to do District business instead of renting private space costing about $110 million/year.
and last but not least,
4) Start planning now for a DC congestion charge for motor vehicle commuters traveling into our central business district during work days, with revenue going to reducing the cost of mass transit and making it more convenient (especially clean bus service).

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