The most important critics, the 13 members of the D.C. Council, largely praised Gray’s plan to close the city’s $322 million gap. The budget relies on a mix of deep cuts to safety net services and targeted tax and fee increases.
While most supported the general plan, Council Member David Catania took exception to Gray’s characterization that this was a tough, painful budget.
"So to suggest there is a world of pain being imposed on people is an absolute joke," says Catania. "This budget is growing at 3 percent, twice the rate of inflation."
The spending plan is now in the hands of council members. They’ll have less than two months to tweak it before sending it back to Mayor Gray.