House Vote on Washington, D.C., Baseball Player Income Tax Postponed, for Now

Vadum, Matthew
April 2003
Bond Buyer;4/8/2003, Vol. 344 Issue 31610, p4
Trade Publication
The legislative measure proposed by District of Columbia which would authorize the district to tax the income of professional baseball players earned in the district might be voted on by the full House during the later weeks of April 2003 after the legislators declined to vote on it during its initial stages. This was because some lawmakers said they wanted more background information on the bill before allowing it to pass through the legislative process. The district, which is prohibited from taxing income on the nonresidents who account for about two-thirds of income generated in the city, is trying to secure Major League Baseball's financially troubled Montreal Expos franchise. A tax on professional baseball players would generate as much as 6 million dollars a year in revenue and those revenues could be used to help pay for the construction of a new sports stadium and debt service on any municipal bonds that may be issued for that construction project.


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