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Jerome B. McKee, chairman, special tax and legislation committee, Federa- Page

tion of Business Men's Association, Inc., Washington, D. C------

363

Rufus S. Lusk, president, Washington Taxpayers Association, Washington,
D. C---

372

Donald Murray, legislative representative for the United Public Workers,

CIO, Washington, D. C----

380

Woodrow L. Derricote, Randall Junior High School, Washington, D. C.--- 385

Mrs. Raymond Cole, 3164 Westover Drive SE., Washington, D. C--

389

Mrs. Etta L. Taggert, Highland Apartments, Washington, D. C.-

391

W. Arthur Shelton, 3211 Tennyson Avenue NW., Washington, D. C--

393

Mrs. Lichtenberg, 5604 MacArthur Boulevard, Washington, D. C--- 396, 751

William G. Wilding, Deputy District Budget Officer, District of Columbia-- 517

Guy Mason, Commissioner, District of Columbia --

552

Dr. John A. Reed, Chief, Board of Police and Fire Surgeons, District of

Columbia

564

Lt. Col. Vernon A. Shurm, Assistant to the Engineer Commissioner, District

of Columbia---

569

Jerome B. Mckee, executive director, D. C. Retail Liquor Dealers' Associa-

tion, 321 Colorado Building, Washington, D. C----

571

Gordon M. Atherholtz, representing the Northeast Council of Citizens

Associations, Washington, D. C------

579

Milton S. Kronheim, president, Milton S. Kronheim & Son, Washington,

D. C.---

592

Kenneth P. Armstrong, chairman, committee on fiscal relations and taxa-

tion, Federation of Citizens Associations of the District of Columbia, 1810

Shepherd Street NE., Washington, D. C----

595

Washington I. Cleveland, manager, District of Columbia division, Ameri-

can Automobile Association, Washington, D. C.-L.

605, 695

Maj. Gen. David McCoach, Jr., chairman, municipal finance committee of

the Washington Board of Trade, Washington, D. C-+---

608

David L. Gordon, member of the legislative committee, Americans for Dem-

ocratic Action, 3807 W Street SW., Washington, D. C-------

625

Vera M. Lundquist, Business and Professional Women's Club of the District

of Columbia, Washington, D. C----

634

Herbert S. Wood, president, Potomac Cooperative Federation, 2909 Brandy-

wine Street NW., Washington, D. C----

635

C. F. Preller, president, Washington Central Labor Union, 403 Eleventh

Street NW., Washington, D. C-----

641

Mrs. B G. McIlwee, 517 Peabody Street NW., Washington, D. C.---

644

Mrs. Elizabeth T. Sullivan, representing Progressive Citizens Association

of Georgetown, Washington, D. C.----

615

F. Joseph Donohue, representing Washington Retail Liquor Dealers As-

sociation, Washington, D. C--

646

Joseph E. Keller, secretary, District of Columbia Petroleum Industries

Committee, 30 Munsey Building, Washington, D. C---

654

P. Y. K. Howat, president, Howat Concrete Co., Washington, D. C. 670

Herbert C. Whitehurst, Director of Highways, Engineer Department,

District of Columbia----

679

S. R. Harrison, Deputy Engineer of Streets, Department of Highways,

Engineer Department, District of Columbia

686

Frank McLaughlin, filling station operator_

702

Lad Mills, filling station operator---

704

Clyde H. Sorrell, filling station operator.

705

Stanley H. Horner, representing the Washington Automotive Trades As-

sociation, Washington, D. C-----

708

J. M. Heiser, president, Federation of Businessmen's Associations, Inc.,

Washington, D. Cut-in

713

C. G. Hathaway, president, Veterans' Cab Association, Washington, D. C_- 715

Lavona Haynes, taxicab driver-----

717

William E. Humphreys, chairman, legislative committee of the District

of Columbia Trucking Association, Washington, D. C-

719

James B. Carry, superintendent of transportation, Chestnut Farms-Chevy

Chase Dairy, Washington, D. C_----

721

Alden T. Keeting, vice president and general manager, Yellow Cab Co.

of District of Columbia, Inc., Washington, D.C----

724

Walter A. Saunders, taxicab driver.

726

Salvitore Bucolo, taxicab driver--

Charles E. Cannon, taxicab driver.

728

Artin Brown, taxicab driver---

731

R. A. Herrick, executive director of the Retail Gasoline Dealers Associa-

t'on of Washington, D. C-----

733

William Howard Payne, vice chairman, legislative committee, American

Legion, District of Columbia Department.--

737

Lester Scott, representing the oil heating division and the coal division of

the Merchants and Manufacturers Association, Washington, D. C----- 744

E. L. Merzereau, representing the North Randall Community Association - 746

Mrs. R. B. Rands, chairman of the District of Columbia Women's Anti-

Sales-Tax Committee

749

Mrs. Geraldine Rhodes, district chapter, National Association of Colored

Women's Clubs, Washington, D. C.-

75.

Rufus S. Lusk, Washington Taxpayers Association, 1508 H Street NW.,

Washington, D. C-----

'756

Mrs. Gertrude Evans, executive secretary, Washington Industrial Union

Council, CIO, Washington, D. C.---

763

Gordon Payton, counsel for the Association of Cocoa and Chocolate Manu-

facturers of the United States_-

767

Harold 0. Smith, Jr., manager of the Washington office of the National

Confectioners' Association of the United States, Inc.-

768

C. E. Steidel, vice president, Fannie May Candy Co., Washington, D. C---- 770

Philip P. Gott, president, National Confectioners' Association.

771

C. M. McMillan, executive secretary, National Candy Wholesalers Associa-

tion, Inc

776

William Shelton..

777

Joseph E. Keller, executive secretary, District of Columbia Petroleum

Industries Committee, Washington, D. C----

783

J. C. Turner, chairman of the tax committee of the Washington Central

Labor Union, Affiliated with the AFL..

790

William H. Press, Washington Board of Trade-

793

Gertrude Parks, District Federation of Women's Clubs---

805

Leslie Wright, District of Columbia Federation of Women's Clubs_.

807

Vernis Absher, Southeast Washington Citizens' Association.-

812

A. Julian Brýlawski, Motion Picture Theater Owners of Metropolitan Dis-

trict of Columbia---

813

J. P. Hayes, National Symphony Orchestra Association---

817

Jerome Kaufman, National Association of Tobacco Distributors, Washing-

ton, D. C..

819

Nathaniel Goldberg, Wholesale Tobacco Companies of Washington, D. C.- 823

Aaron Goldman, G. B. Macke Corp----

826

Ford E. Young, Fussell-Young Ice Cream Co---

857

Vernon E. West, Corporation Counsel, District of Columbia-

907

Mrs. Henry Grattan Doyle, President, Board of Education, District of

Columbia..

907, 978

Guy Mason, Board of Commissioners, District of Columbia.

909

Adelbert W L’e, member, Board of Education, chairman, legislative com-

mittee, District of Columbia---

915

Dr. Hobart M. Corning, Superintendent of Schools, District of

Columbia -

916, 951, 1032

Mrs. 0. G. Hankins, president, District of Columbia Congress of Parents,

and Teachers, Adams School, Washington, D. C----

980

Mrs. M. E. Carpenter, president, Federation of Parent-Teachers Associa-

tions of the District of Columbia--

982

Miss Sue M. Brett, president, High School Teachers Association of the

District of Columbia----

983

George H. Murray, president of the Association of Senior High School

Teachers, divisions 10 to 13, Washington, D. C.

987

Mrs. Emily T. F. Gosling, president, Teachers Advisory Council, Franklin

Administration Building, Washington, D. C---

988

Miss Myrtle E. Moore, president, Junior High School Teachers Association,

divisions 1 to 9 -

992

James W. Taylor, president, Elementary Classroom Teachers Association,

divisions 1 to 9...

995

Mrs. Martha W. Schoot, president, Washington Junior High School Class-

room Teachers Association, divisions 10 to 13_

999
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H. R. 148, gasoline bill.
H. R. 2283, tax on motor-vehicle fuels -
H. R. 1325, annual payment to the District of Columbia
H. R. 1706, payments for water and water services.
H. R. 2279, tax on admissions.
H. R. 2280, tax on gas and electricity--
H, R. 2281, tax on the sale of cigarettes_
H. R. 2282, income tax.
H. R. 2284, a bill to amend the District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Con-

trol Act.
H. R. 2290, a bill to provide additional revenue for the District of Columbia.

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401
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403
410
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BUDGET REQUIREMENTS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 1947

JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE ON FISCAL AFFAIRS OF THE
COMMITTEES ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

UNITED STATES SENATE,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, D.C. The joint subcommittee met at 10 a. m., pursuant to call, in the Senate District Committee room, Capitol, Washington, D. C., Senator Harry P. Cain (chairman of the joint subcommittee) presiding.

Present: Senators Cain, McGrath; Representatives Bates (cochairman of the joint subcommittee), O'Hara, Talle, Smith, and Klein.

Present also: James R. Kirkland, counsel, Senate Committee on the District of Columbia; Parker L. Jackson, special adviser to the House Committee on the District of Columbia.

Senator Cain. The committee will please come to order. May I ask for your attention, please.

I think that everyone here knows that the two subcommittees, Subcommittees on Fiscal Affairs, of the District of Columbia Committees of the House and Senate, are jointly gathered for the single purpose of being of assistance to the Congress and to the District of Columbia in a full and comprehensive and helpful consideration of the fiscal problems and considerations within the District itself.

This, so far as I know, is the first time, at least in some years, that! counterpart committees of the House and Senate have endeavored to cooperate from the very outset of any extended hearing such as this is likely to be.

As one who represents the Senate, I am very grateful for the willingness of Mr. George Bates, who acts as chairman of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Affairs on the House side, to join with the Senate, and the Senate, and I think I speak for its Members, are very grateful to have them with us.

I want it known to those who are present who the Senators and who the Congressmen are who are sitting at this table. Other duties will not permit all of them to come, but the gentleman on my right is Mr. George J. Bates, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Fiscal Affairs of the District of Columbia Committee; his associates are Congressmen Joseph P. O'Hara, Henry 0. Talle, Howard W. Smith, and Mr. Arthur G. Klein. The Senate is represented by myself, Mr. Cain, acting as chairman for the Subcommittee of Fiscal Affairs of the Committee on the District of Columbia; Senator Ralph E. Flanders, who is not present for the reason that he is out of town; and Mr. J. Howard McGrath, the Senator from Rhode Island, who is expected very soon.

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It is our intention this morning to proceed until 10 minutes to 12, at which time we will recess until 2 o'clock, following which we shall reconvene in this room to continue our considerations until 4:30, at which time we will adjourn for the present, announcing at that time, I think, the time and place of our next gathering.

It is the intention of both the House and Senate to encourage a full presentation of what they have in mind, by the three Commissioners of the District of Columbia, together with their technicians and assistants.

I would very much like to think that during the course of the presentations, particularly of the Commissioners, that there would be no unnecessary interruptions of those presentations. It will better Serve our joint and individual purposes to listen thoughtfully to what it is they have in mind.

The President of the Board of Commissioners, Commissioner John Russell Young, is encouraged, if he will, to take the chair.

Commissioner Young. Thank you.

Senator Cain. Take the chair, sir, at the head of the table, and proceed as you think best for the benefit of those who are here to sisten to your problems. STATEMENT OF JOHN RUSSELL YOUNG, PRESIDENT, BOARD OF

COMMISSIONERS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WASHINGTON, D. C. Commissioner Young. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

It will be my purpose to summarize and not go into details. I want to say that the Commissioners for whom I am speaking, are very happy to have this opportunity to appear before your joint meeting and we have with us our principal department heads, to discuss for your benefit the operations of the government of the Capital City, and to explain the need for a new and higher revenue to support a budget that has doubled in the past 10 years in amount.

We are extremely fortunate that the cochairmen of this joint meeting have had personal experience in operating a city government and, therefore, will more readily understand some of the problems confronting us.

First of all, virtually every other city in the United States has the same problem that our principal one is, finances. We can point out that while the local revenues have jumped nearly 100 percent, the Federal Government is paying proportionately less now than it was 10 years ago for its share in running the national Capital City.

Besides this, our break-down will show that despite the increase in our budget over the years our city is far behind in furnishing the vital needs of our citizens and at the same time adding to the beauty and charm of the Capital City.

The fiscal relationship between the District of Columbia and the Federal Government is a long and complex story. Briefly, though, it can be shown easily that in 10 years the Federal Government has increased its holdings of tax-exempt property by more than 18 percent in our city during the past 10 years, and taking into account what the District loses in taxes from all this land owned by the Federal Government as well as the cost of the various services, we furnish to the Federal Government, and paid for by local taxpayers, an itemized break-down will show something like $14,000,000 last year. This fact

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