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

For Paul Cezanne, An Apple A Day Kept Obscurity Away

In the 1800s, still-life painting was the bottom feeder of the art world, but that's where the French painter chose to leave his mark. "I want to astonish Paris with an apple," he's said to have said.
NPR

From McDonald's To Organic Valley, You're Probably Eating Wood Pulp

Many processed foods contain cellulose, which is plant fiber that is commonly extracted from wood. It's used to add texture, prevent caking and boost fiber. And it's been around for ages.
NPR

FBI, NSA Spied On American Muslims, Report Says

The latest revelation from Edward Snowden's NSA trove is a story that appeared in the online publication The Intercept. Five prominent Muslim citizens say they were spied on because they're Muslims.
NPR

What Burritos And Sandwiches Can Teach Us About Innovation

Is a burrito a sandwich? The answer may sound simple to you ... but the question gets at the very heart of a tension that's existed for ages.

Leave a Comment

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