: News

Fenty Releases District Budget Plan

Play associated audio

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has proposed his plan to fix the city's budget deficit. The District must close a $188 million gap before the end of the fiscal year, and city lawmakers have just a few weeks to finalize the spending plan.

Like all his other budgets, Fenty's spending plan avoids any tax increases -- but the blueprint does call for major, across-the-board slashes in spending for District departments and agencies.

The budget calls for a scaling back of the summer jobs program. It also would eliminate funding for the Healthy Schools initiative –- that's the plan to bring local produce to school meals. The Streetscape Survival Fund, which is designed to aid businesses affected by city construction, would also be axed.

One notable exception to the deep cuts: the city's schools. Funding levels for public and charter schools would remain unchanged.

Fenty's plan now goes to the council. They'll have less than a month to make revisions and pass a final budget.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 1, 2015

This week, you can hear music played in memory of victims of terror or attend a concert for charity.


Cascara 'Tea': A Tasty Infusion Made From Coffee Waste

Hot or cold, in a soda, hot toddy or beer — people are finding all sorts of ways to imbibe cascara. It's a caffeinated, tea-like drink with a fruity flavor made from dried coffee cherries.
WAMU 88.5

U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes On How Money Influences Politics, Locally And Nationally

One of Maryland's federal lawmakers is behind some new ideas about campaign finance reform that have stalled in Congress, but are being taken up by local legislatures, including D.C.

WAMU 88.5

Computer Guys And Gal

Computer Guys and Gal sort out all the latest technology news from the last month.

Leave a Comment

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