David Brunori quoted in article “The District Raked in a Record $199M in Fines Last Year. It’s Almost All from Traffic”Washington Business Journal 01/06/17
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The substantial growth points to the “fiscalization” of traffic violations as a way to drive revenue to the city without turning to taxpayers, said David Brunori, a tax expert and professor of public policy at George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.
“Betting people are going to break the law is really unsound fiscal policy,” Brunori said. “What happens with fines is that people say, ‘We want a certain level of government but we don’t want to pay for it.’”