Posts Tagged ‘budget’

Are Children a Drain on the District? Gray Doesn’t Think So.

Once upon a time, most D.C. parents with the means to do so took their kids out of the public school system: to private schools, to the suburbs—anywhere but the troubled public schools. The trend only accelerated after 1996, when Congress and the D.C. Council voted to allow charter schools in the District, giving rich and poor [...]

Gray: Council Budget Would Delay Streetcar Until 2045, Raise Cost

If the D.C. Council's proposed changes to streetcar funding are allowed to stand, the 22-mile priority streetcar system won't be completed until 2045 and will cost 50 percent more than under the current plan, Mayor Vince Gray says in a letter to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson explaining his veto of the Council's budget.
Gray has vetoed the entirety [...]

A Streetcar Named Misfire

It began, as so many budget fights do, with a line of jargon. “The Council’s plan,” explained the D.C. Council’s Committee of the Whole in its report last week on Council Chairman Phil Mendelson’s budget proposal, “adjusts the upcoming proposed streetcar paygo transfer from a fixed to a floating base year.”
That adjustment, inscrutable to all [...]

Budget Dispute Launches War of Words Between Mendelson and Mayor’s Office

How contentious is tomorrow's budget vote in the D.C. Council? Contentious enough that the mayor's office is comparing the Council chairman to the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers, and the chairman is accusing the mayor's office of stirring up false outrage.
Mayor Vince Gray delivered his $10.7 billion budget proposal to the Council last month. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has come up [...]

Gray Budget Would Cut Some Tax Rates, Add New Spending

Mayor Vince Gray submitted a $10.7 billion budget to the D.C. Council this morning, with increased funding for his priorities in education, health care, and housing, just two days after a primary loss that ensures he won’t be returning for a second term next year.
The budget includes $139 million for new policies in fiscal year 2015, [...]

Affordable Housing Could Be the Big Winner in D.C.’s Budget Boom

Once again, we're rich. The D.C. government will post a $321 million surplus for the 2013 fiscal year, the city's third consecutive budget surplus, new Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt announced today. And if we keep it up, the biggest beneficiary will be affordable housing.
Mayor Vince Gray and Councilmembers Phil Mendelson and Kenyan McDuffie worked out a system for spending surplus funds [...]

How Mayor Gray Wants to Spend That $100 Million for Affordable Housing

Ever since Mayor Vince Gray announced that he was making a new $100 million investment in affordable housing, everyone's been weighing in on how he should spend that money. Now, with the release of his budget proposal this morning, we finally know how he intends to allocate it.
Here's the breakdown:

$66.9 million for the Housing Production [...]

Starting Next Month, No More Free Food For D.C. Seniors [UPDATE]

12:37 p.m. – UPDATE COMING SOON
6:58 p.m. – UPDATE HERE
Social services advocates made a lot of noise back in the spring about some key programs on the chopping block, rallying to save emergency rental assistance, funding for homeless shelters, and aid to the disabled unemployed, among other priorities slighted in the 2012 budget. But another [...]

Things That Undermine Faith in Government

Elected officials don't have to be corrupt for citizens to lose confidence in them. They can sometimes just not have their priorities straight. Here are a couple examples from recent days:
1. Getting rid of a swath of special purpose funds. Michael Neibauer reported last week that the 2011 and 2012 budgets yanked more than $1.5 [...]

Fiscal Education

D.C. Councilmember Yvette Alexander was on her way into a Wilson Building meeting Monday afternoon when four members of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute waylaid her, brandishing fact sheets and legislative text. It was the day before the final budget vote. She granted them two minutes. Their concern: A last-minute amendment would boot parents off [...]

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