The justification offered by Rep. Mark Meadows in your February 7 story for introducing a private-school voucher bill for the District of Columbia is unfounded. “We’re not talking about Indiana or Nebraska,” Meadows said. “We’re talking about D.C., which is not a state, which obviously is supported in some fashion by the federal taxpayer dollars.” Indeed, DC is supported by federal taxpayer dollars, but that support is not unique. Every state is supported by federal taxpayer dollars, including North Carolina. According to the independent Tax Foundation, federal payments to the District of Columbia’s local government comprised about 38 percent of its budget in 2012; not far off from the payments to North Carolina, which checks in with a state budget that is 33 percent federal funds. By Meadows’ flawed reasoning, he instead should offer more bills imposing policy on Mississippi and Louisiana, which receive federal payments to the tune of 49 and 47 percent respectively. Meadows’ ought to spend more time on the needs of his constituents instead of meddling in the affairs of a locale that did not elect him and has no voting member in Congress.
Kimberly Perry, Washington D.C.
Perry is Executive Director, DC Vote