Sparks Fly At Metro Over Controversial Budget Measure | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Sparks Fly At Metro Over Controversial Budget Measure

Play associated audio
County Planning Board Chairman Sam Parker says the Purple Line is expected to spur hundreds of millions of dollars in badly needed development.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hyku/
County Planning Board Chairman Sam Parker says the Purple Line is expected to spur hundreds of millions of dollars in badly needed development.

By David Schultz

To avoid making painful service cuts, Metro might take $30 million out of its preventative maintenance fund and put that into its day-to-day budget.

Just a few months ago, there were hardly any Board Members who supported this. Now, Chairman Peter Benjamin of Maryland is behind it.

That infuriated Virginia's Chris Zimmerman.

"Some people were opposed to it before and, apparently, now have seen a new light," says Zimmerman, glaring at Benjamin from across the table.

"Mr. Zimmerman," retorts Benjamin, "would you please not characterize what I say differently from how I say it?"

Benjamin says the money will be returned to the maintenance fund at a later date.

"The General Manager's proposal says we will borrow from the capital budget," he says. "And we will do our very, very best to pay that back."

But Zimmerman didn't buy it.

"[That's] a fiction you would not have accepted two months ago," he tells Benjamin.

Zimmerman wants D.C., Maryland and Virginia to contribute more to Metro's budget so it doesn't have to take money from the preventative maintenance fund.But Benjamin says Maryland has contributed as much as it possibly can.

NPR

Comedian Andrea Martin: 'I Don't Think Age Has Anything To Do With It'

Now in her late 60s, Martin says she's still "excited and enthusiastic" about her work and doesn't have any intention of retiring. She published a memoir in September called Lady Parts.
NPR

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.
WAMU 88.5

Special Prosecutors Should Handle Civilian Shootings By Police, Holmes Norton Says

Norton says mayors and governors could stem anger over civilian shootings by police by appointing special prosecutors to handle them.
NPR

Facebook Finds That Not All Users Want To Review Their Year

The social media giant's "Year in Review" app has upset some who prefer to forget 2014's unpleasant memories.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.