Budget autonomy plaintiff Phil Mendelson

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Your burpees have not swayed Phil Mendelson. Fitness protests aside, the D.C. Council chairman took to the airwaves today to say that he won’t take the “yoga tax” out of the Council’s budget.

The yoga tax—-which could just as easily be called the gym tax or the storage locker tax, and is apparently even being called the virtue tax—-would levy a 5.75 percent tax on certain services, as recommended by a tax revision commission.

In an appearance on WAMU’s The Politics Hour, Mendelson stuck by the tax. After taking a call from an angry listener, Mendelson said the tax will likely stay in the budget. That’s despite complaints from businesses and their hard-body clientele that the new tax would amount to punishing people for staying fit.

“We’ve been taxing athletic equipment and athletic equipment gear for years and nobody has objected to that,” Mendelson said.

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