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District Line Daily: Tax Cut Cuts

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The $160 million tax cut package the D.C. Council passed last month could be in trouble after financial officials warned the revenue losses could throw the city's long-term budget out of balance. In response, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said the cuts would only go into effect if the city's revenue rises above current projections, which he is confident will. Tax cuts set to take effect on Jan. 1, including a lower-middle-income tax bracket, will not be threatened. But tax cuts that are slated to take effect in future years could be delayed.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Could D.C. get the new middle schools that it wants? [WAMU]
  • It's seriously hot outside today. Here's what to do to stay cool and here's what to do if you see someone without shelter in need of help. [City Desk]
  • The public was once again barred from a disciplinary hearing for a firefighter that was accused of not helping an elderly man who collapsed outside a fire station and later died. [Post]
  • Police found a man's partially buried body in the backyard of a Shaw rowhouse—the same house where officials discovered another dead body in the attic last week. They were apparently roommates and police are talking to a third roommate trying to piece together what happened. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

The Food Issue: We round up dozens of local spots to satisfy your stomach every hour of the day—whether you’re looking for a morning pick-me-up or a booze-soaking late-night snack. Happy eating.

Rogue Rush: Rush Limbaugh's latest target? The bookstore at Busboys and Poets, of course.

Soccer Overload: Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans wants to recess a hearing on the proposed D.C. United stadium so soccer fans won't have to choose between testifying and watching the World Cup. He even asks to set up projectors to show the game at the Wilson Building during the midday recess. Unfortunately for soccer fans, it doesn't look like Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will oblige. 

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer. (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Renamed streets would diss China and Congress. [City Desk, WAMUTimes]
  • White collar defense attorney Mark Tuohey enters the attorney general race. [NBC4, Post]
  • Jack Evans wants the D.C. Council to consider the World Cup in its hearing planning, but Phil Mendelson gives that plan a red card. [LL]
  • Mendelson's tax cuts have to be dependent on economic growth following CFO objections. [Post]
  • Warnings about D.C. Promise program effect on D.C. TAG program appear overblown as House reduces its cuts to the porgam. [Post]
  • More on LGBT activist and at-large candidate Courtney R. Snowden. [Blade]
  • Disciplinary hearing connected to Medric Mills' death is closed to the public. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser appears on WAMU. [WAMU]
  • District opens spray parks early to deal with the heat. [Times]
  • Tim Krepp's campaign against Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton continues. [DCist]
  • Teen charged with Metropolitan Branch Trail attack. [Post]
  • Elementary school students want D.C. to have an official rock. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener, is on vacation. (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A survey of the student music scene at George Washington University [D.C. Music Download]
  • Local author Ron Childress won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. [Post]
  • Conservators at the Phillips Collection are investigating a painting of a mystery man hidden under a famous Picasso. [DCist]
  • A portrait of Katy Perry dressed as a cupcake now hangs, God help us all, in the National Portrait Gallery. [Post]
  • Transformer's summer plans include rotating 2D works from its FlatFile collection and a residency in Asbury Park, N.J. [East City Art]
  • Ben Schurr (Br'er) discusses his philosophy on music and the difference between D.C. and Philly. [BYT]
  • The Smithsonian honored Ralph Lauren for designing sportswear that clothed the American Dream. [Post]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman, is on vacation. (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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