UPDATE: The Huddle gang stated in error that Mike Rogers of Michigan was double-dipping his tax exemptions -- it was in fact Mike Rogers of Alabama. The clip below was taken from the Huddle blast email sent at 8:00 this morning. Click the link & scroll down to the story for the original post... Apologies for the confusion.
Here in the Neighborhood, we've wondered (more than once) where exactly Mr. Rogers thinks he's from. We kind of get the feeling that he prefers being in Washington, fundraising for the national Republican party to being in Michigan's 8th Congressional District and actually having to talk with those annoying voters.
The story in this morning's Politico Huddle comes as no surprise, then. According to a breaking story in Roll Call, it looks like some GOP members of Congress are playing games with residency and tax deductions. Guess who's on the list?
IMPROPER TAX BREAK: Four Republican members of Congress are trying to have it both ways with home state residence and a DC homestead tax break. Roll Call's Jennifer Yachnin breaks news with her investigation: 'Despite maintaining residency in their home states, a handful of House lawmakers appear to be improperly receiving the Washington, D.C., homestead tax deduction, reducing their annual property tax bills by hundreds of dollars and potentially much more over the long term. A Roll Call review of District of Columbia tax records revealed at least four Members who receive the property tax benefit from among more than 80 lawmakers who own homes in neighborhoods that popular with lawmakers, including Capitol Hill.' The lawmakers: Reps. Tom Petri (R-Wisc.), Steve King (R-Iowa), Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) and Mike Rogers (R-Mich.). [emphasis added]Stay tuned for more on this story.