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Dine at a new eatery.

Go to school or work.

The list is endless, for sure.

That’s why the admonition to just say no is so important.

Because D.C. is not a state, it cannot levy a tax on commuters from Virginia, Maryland or any other state.

The District has no senators and no representatives, and it’s nominal House delegate has no vote with which to barter.

That’s why D.C. officials love conjuring up ways to get their grubby paws on other people’s money, and one of the biggest deliverables has been the transportation/traffic cash cow.

They milked it with the red-light cameras.

The speed-traps.

The don’t-block-the intersection cameras.

The meter-maid crews who slap your windshield with a pink slip.

The technology that captures license plates when drivers fail to come to a complete stop at a stop sign or when a pedestrian has the right of way.

The District has been deploying such gadgetry since 1999, claiming it as a public safety necessity.

But like I said, speed and red-light camera tickets are cash cows for the District, with revenue jumping from an estimated $43 million in 2011 to more than double that, $95.6 million, in 2012.

Indeed, the District’s fiscal 2014 budget projected revenue of $31.7 million alone from 100 new cameras to be deployed this year.

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