TASK FORCE ON DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA GOVERNANCE
Principles to Guide Policy Recommendations
1. Government in the District of Columbia should be based
on the principle of self-government by democratically elected
2. The unique character of the District as the Nation's
Capital must be recognized. The defining characteristics are:
a. The District's status is constitutionally
b. The national capital is not part of any state.
c. A substantial portion of the District is devoted
to the business of the national government.
d. The District is confined geographically.
e. Congress exercises its power to regulate the
affairs of the District, most importantly by
limiting the City's ability to raise revenues.
f. The District is home to one-half million people, most
of whom are taxpaying citizens and their families.
3. The nation as a whole has a substantial stake in the
national capital, and an interest in its vitality as the
surrogate for the nation to the rest of the world. That stake
warrants federal government support of the District, as well as
a role in District affairs that significantly affect the
4. There is an inherent interdependency between the
District and the national governments. Each affects the
quality of the operation of the other. There should be a
partnership relationship between the federal and District
governments to advance their common interests in the nation's
5. The surrounding jurisdictions also have a major stake
in and benefit from a strong national capital, which lies at
the heart of the region, and they, as well as the federal
government, have a corresponding obligation to share
responsibility for resolving problems that are inherent in the
national capital's place in our system.
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6. The District government needs to be established on a
sound and efficient basis, and to be effectively managed in
accord with good government and sound business principles.
7. The District government needs to be built on a sound
financial base, supported by a diversified and growing economy
and a strong social and educational structure.
8. The residents of the national capital are entitled to
be represented on a voting basis in the national legislature.