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Facing a shortfall of more than $200 million, Mayor Muriel Bowser has drafted a $12 billion budget.
Outgoing Mayor Vince Gray's lame duck administration got a little lamer today. As expected, Gray's Friday veto of the D.C. Council's budget went down in flames this afternoon, with the mayor unable to managing to win a single new councilmember to his side.
The Council voted 12-1 to override Gray's vetoes and stick with the budget formulated by Council Chairman Phil [...]
According to D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson, his suspicions that Vince Gray would veto the Council's budget started earlier this week. Looking to talk about the budget with the outgoing mayor, Mendelson says he couldn't make a meeting or phone call with Gray.
"The storm clouds were forming," Mendelson tells LL.
Fortunately for Mendelson, this storm looks like it's going to be just a sprinkle. [...]
In 2013, it was hard to think of an idea more popular with the D.C. Council than Anita Bonds' property tax bill. The legislation, which exempted some senior citizens from property taxes, came as multiple councilmembers ran for re-election or for the mayor's office, then got another boost when a Washington Post investigation found elderly homeowners losing their property in [...]
Nothing gets between friends like hundreds of millions of dollars. As lame duck Vince Gray faces a D.C. Council budget vote today, Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander—the mayor's Council successor in his own ward and once his most reliable ally—has become a surprising foe.
Two weeks ago, Alexander's health committee moved $22 million out of $23.5 million that Gray had dedicated to replacing United Medical Center, [...]
Lawsuits aside, the D.C. Council is two weeks away from its first budget vote of the year. That means it's time for the Council's annual laff extravaganza, a humorous list of budget suggestions from Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh.
This year, the councilmember-turned-insult comic turns her wit on targets including the convenient timing of shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson's guilty plea:
Provide District newspapers [...]
The District government will record a $321 million surplus for the 2013 fiscal year in its annual financial report thanks to higher revenues and lower agency expenses, according to city officials.
"The story is half of it's revenue, half of it's underspending," says Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt.
$168 million of the surplus came from excess revenues, including [...]
Mayor Vince Gray hasn't said whether he intends to run for re-election yet, but the proposed budget he released today sure looks like something an incumbent seeking to retain office might put out.
Councilmembers were heaping praise on the mayor today, thanking him for addressing seemingly all of their wards, their issues [...]