Loose Lips

Gray’s State of the District: We’re Rich, Let’s Spend

Saying the District is "in danger of becoming a city of only haves," Mayor Vince Gray will announce a proposal to spend $100 million on building and preserving 10,000 affordable housing units in his yearly "State of the District" speech tonight.

Gray will also propose bringing back earmarks—sort of. According to an advance copy of his speech, Gray will say that when he ended earmarks as D.C. Council chairman, it "was the right thing to do then and it remains the right thing to keep in place now."

"But at the same time, we shouldn't throw the baby out with the bath water," Gray's speech reads. (Maybe he'll decide not to use that cliche in the real thing.)

Gray will propose the creation of a new $15 million One City Fund, that will award up to $100,000 grants to competing nonprofit organizations.

The other big announcement: Gray will propose an unspecified raise for city workers.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Welllllllll!!!!!

    Three standing ovations for the Mayor and genuine heart felt respect shown to Dr. Gandhi.

    It seemed the audience was well aware of the tremendous job Vince Gray is doing in spite of the challenges handed to him when he first took office.

    Congratulations, Mr. Mayor, Sir; and Good Luck, Dr. Gandhi.

  • RealDC

    Whatever, lower the tax rate on income and property! Large surpluses like we had the last 2 years out of line and adjustments need to be made.

    But Mr. One City will squander it....watch!

  • Mahdi Leroy J. Thorpe, Jr

    Mayor Gray is doing great things for the city and trying to bring people together.

  • Bill Polian

    This administration can't be trusted -- see their campaign accounting. Oppose all efforts by this administration to reward their public union cronies. Great cities save for rainy days. Of course he want more "earmarks" -- all the better to help his friends. How about starting businesses instead of trying to live off the taxpayers.

  • truth hurts

    March madness will soon be upon us.

  • Chatham

    Good to see more money going to affordable housing. During this boom time for DC, we need to make sure everyone's getting a slice of the pie.

  • http://joeflood.com Joe Flood

    One City Fund = One Giant Slush Fund for the CMs to steer to their cronies.

  • name

    $15M spread over $100k grants? Looks like EotR has 150 new $100,000-aires.

    Congratulations to all the newly minted! Decked out navigators for all!

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  • Petworthian

    Affordable housing is a good use, thrilled to see it! The One City Fund sounds like a slush fund. What will the parameters be? What do the nonprofits have to produce in terms of public benefit? Who will measure the benefit? Who will audit the fund? Strict rules and tight oversight are needed. The nonprofit community should demand tight oversight to protect their own reputation. No more sham nonprofits.

  • Mr.Remember

    I want to teach hand-dancing to the pre-schoolers. Where can I get my grant?

  • EP Sato

    $100,000 grants for nonprofits? Paging Ron Moten!

  • ToTheContrary

    Way to go DC!!! Way to go Mayor's Gray, Fenty, Williams and Barry!

  • NE John

    More bike lanes please, Mr. Mayor.

  • NE John

    lol. Mr. Remember, that sounds perverted.