Barry to Push Residency Requirement for DC Workers

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013  |  Updated 9:30 PM EDT
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Barry to Push Residency Requirement for DC Workers

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D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry is introducing a bill that would require newly hired District of Columbia government workers to live in the district or move to the city within 180 days.

Barry says the bill would have a positive economic ripple effect because the city could collect property, income and other taxes from government workers. He says eight of the 12 other councilmembers have signed on as co-introducers of the bill, which he plans to introduce Wednesday.

Barry notes that just 43 percent of city workers live in the district, compared with 47 percent who live in Maryland and 9 percent who live in Virginia. Those states have much lower unemployment than the district.

The bill would not apply to current government workers or to police officers and firefighters.

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