- Revised budget time: Go!
It's been almost two full days since we were told D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty had delivered his revised budget proposal to the D.C. Council, but we finally have the thing itself to look over. You can download the PDF here (fair warning, it's 48 pages), or you can scroll through the document below.
We're just starting to look through it, so feel free to add your initial impressions in the comments. Anything surprising jump out at you?
Mayor-elect Vincent Gray has set a public hearing on the budget for Nov. 30. The city must close an estimated $188 million gap within a matter of weeks.
UPDATE 6:22 p.m.: OK, I've had a chance to flip through Fenty's budget proposal by now -- you can follow some of my Tweets highlighting certain proposed cuts, including:
- The virtual elimination of the Healthy School Act programs, to the tune of about $5 million.
- A freeze on pay increases for firefighters and emergency medical technicians, saving $657,000.
- A call for a $4.64 million cut from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
- A $450,000 reduction in the amount of grants for artists from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
- The Office of the State Superintendent of Education would lose $168,000 by ending scholarships for valedictorians.
- Saving $65,000 by cutting late-night weekend hours on the Woodley Park-McPherson Sq. Circulator line.
- Trimming $300,000 from pedestrian and bicycle safety improvement plans.
- Trimming $1.1 from the Neighborhood Investment Fund grant pool.
- Eliminating 125 vacant or redundant positions citywide.
There's many more, obviously, adding up to $138 million in suggested spending cuts. But I'm not sure it's worth worrying over the details just yet, because the reality is that this Council, still led by Mayor-elect/Council Chair Vincent Gray, is probably just going to start from scratch. Why would they care what Fenty thinks? The answer is, they don't. Fenty isn't going to be around to see these cuts implemented, and Gray is going to have his own ideas of how to get this done. So we'll just have to wait and see how the Council responds.