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D.C. Council Rejects Proposed Summer Jobs Extension

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By Patrick Madden

The D.C. Council has rejected a request by Mayor Adrian Fenty to extend the city’s summer jobs program another seven days.

The mayor’s proposal couldn’t muster enough support Tuesday – with only two members voting in favor of it.

Although this year’s program has – by all accounts – avoided the large-scale problems that plagued recent efforts, some issues have emerged in recent days.

First, the program is costing a lot more than the city budgeted for – and some on the council question whether administrators knew this would happen all along.

Second, the money to pay for the cost-overruns -- and the proposed extension -- is coming out of a fund that’s used to help homeless families.

Taken together -- the murky budget process and the sensitivity for homeless services during a time of great need – proved to be too much for the majority of council members.

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