What is the case for making Washington DC a new state rather than absorbing the non-governmental parts into either Virginia or Maryland?

I get the "taxation without representation" angle since DC residents pay federal taxes without voting representatives in the Congress.  But there is no precedent for a single city being its own state.  I'd suggest instead that the governmental facilities remain in a federal district while the other parts of the cities become part of either Virginia or Maryland, thus giving the residents of the city representation vis a vis those already existing states.  What would be the problem with that?

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  • 1 month ago

    Partly because neither state really wants it.  It's relatively poor, so they wouldn't get a lot of income tax revenue, and because the federal government is the main employer, a state wouldn't bring in a lot of corporate income tax from the companies in the city.

    Partly because the residents of DC don't like the idea either.  Virginia is too conservative for them and being part of Maryland would make things, well, like they are in Baltimore now.

  • Clive
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Precedents are made to be broken.  And you've already given the answer - residents have no representation in Congress.  Even territories like Puerto Rico have representation.  And government facilities are not all next to each other in one place.

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The bottom line is that a certain political party sees this as a way to add two more Senators they're pretty sure would share their ideology. 

  • Jeff D
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No problem at all, at least from a legal standpoint.  Ceding most of the district back to Maryland would be in line with the precedent established in 1847 when Virginia's half of the district was returned to Virginia.  However, that would only give Democrats 1 or 2 more seats in the House, and no additional seats in the Senate.  Therefore, the Democrats are against that plan.

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  • Matt
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    it is a power grab by the democrats - the answer is to shrink dc to just capitol hill and return the greater dc area to maryland or virginia

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No, that's all we need is another bankrupt state. DC is poor ASF and doesn't stand a chance to support itself.

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