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Mayor Gray To Deliver State Of District Address Monday

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D.C. Mayor Vince Gray, once a supporter of the underground Metro Station at Dulles Airport now says it's too expensive.
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D.C. Mayor Vince Gray, once a supporter of the underground Metro Station at Dulles Airport now says it's too expensive.

The speech comes at a critical moment for the new administration.

A recent Clarus Poll shows the mayor's popularity has plummeted as a result of what Gray has called missteps by his administration involving questionable hiring practices.

Monday night Gray will have the opportunity to address the public, for the first time, about the scandals and his plans to move the city forward.

Also important, Gray will preview his long-awaited budget proposal for the cash-strapped District. The mayor told WAMU last week that he doesn't envision raising income taxes to help close the city's $300 million plus budget shortfall and Gray will address how he plans to close the gap. His budget plan must be submitted to the council by the end of the week.

Monday night's address begins at 6:45 p.m. and will be held at Eastern Senior High School.

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