Local officials call for regionwide sales tax to fund Metro

By Cam Hasbrouck The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released a report April 26 calling for a new region wide sales tax to raise money for Metro maintenance and expansion, according to the Washington Post. The Metro, which is estimated to require at least $15.5 billion over the next 10 years, will face a $7.5 billion dollar shortfall in the next decade, per the Washington Post. In order to … Continue reading Local officials call for regionwide sales tax to fund Metro

UMD students among thousands of marchers at People’s Climate March

By Noah Fortson One week after the Science March drew thousands to the nation’s capital, marchers once again took to the streets Saturday to advocate for the preservation of U.S. laws, regulations and agreements pertaining to climate change. The 90 degree weather didn’t stop crowds from showing up for the Peoples Climate March — the latest rally voicing concerns over President Donald Trump’s policies on environmental … Continue reading UMD students among thousands of marchers at People’s Climate March

Donald Trump’s tax plan garners mixed response from UMD students

By James Mahoney President Donald Trump unveiled pieces of his tax plan Wednesday — a move long-awaited by both sides of the aisle in Congress and the American public. According to a one-page outline from the Trump administration, the tax reform will attempt to grow the economy, create jobs, simplify the country’s “burdensome” tax code and dramatically lower the business tax rate to one of … Continue reading Donald Trump’s tax plan garners mixed response from UMD students

Thousands gather in nation’s capital in the name of science

By Cam Hasbrouck and Lauren Anikis. Thousands of protesters overwhelmed the rainy streets of Washington, D.C., last Saturday, Earth Day, to advocate for the necessity of evidence-based science in legislative policy. Among a sea of umbrellas and signs, people young and old gathered at the Washington Monument and marched toward the Capitol, echoing pro-science chants that could be heard blocks away. The march, which had been planned … Continue reading Thousands gather in nation’s capital in the name of science

The state of the district? It wants to be a state.

By Katrina Schmidt. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s March 30 State of the District Address sent a strong message to Congress and President Donald Trump — keep your hands off Washington, D.C. Fiscal, political and social independence for D.C. were at the heart of her address, in line with the 86 percent majority who voted in favor of D.C. statehood in a November referendum. Bowser’s administration has … Continue reading The state of the district? It wants to be a state.

Washington, DC at risk of losing sanctuary city status

Washington, D.C. is a Sanctuary City but may not be for much longer. President Donald Trump has threatened to pull funding from sanctuary cities, repeatedly saying he would end sanctuary cities. He signed an executive order in January restricting funding to sanctuary jurisdictions. https://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?c4637597 A sanctuary city is a place in the U.S. or Canada where illegal immigrants are protected from being prosecuted for breaking … Continue reading Washington, DC at risk of losing sanctuary city status