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Fenty Releases District Budget Plan

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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.

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