From Alden Leonard.Â Contact him atÂ alden[AT]borderstan.comÂ and follow himÂ @aldenleonardÂ on Twitter.
As we reported recently, Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) has proposed a significant increase in the Districtâ€™s alcohol excise tax. It was designed to replace revenue that would have been generated by the Mayorâ€™s one-hour bar alcohol service extension, which Graham opposed. Both proposals aim to eliminate a $172 million projected budget deficit.
But as of late last week it appeared that Grahamâ€™s proposal was dead in the water. This turn of events was largely thanks to some strategic undermining by the hospitality industry, and even the mayor, who made a public push for his original budget proposal.
Councilmember David Catania (I-At Large) suggested implementing the mayorâ€™s proposal temporarily and seeing whether it worked or not, saying the policy could be revisited if it proved to have the negative consequences some fear it would.
TheÂ Washington Bladeâ€™s Mark Lee notes the near-universal support of gay bar owners for the extension of alcohol service hours. Hardly newsworthy.