WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Council Members Gear Up For Final 2012 Budget Battle

Play associated audio

To hear Council member Jack Evans tell it, Mayor Gray's budget doesn't go far enough in cutting spending, and he fears its proposed taxes will break the backs of small business owners.

"Its no wonder that we are ranked 50 or 51st in every study that has ever been done in being able to attract or maintain small businesses," says Evans.

Minutes later, Council Member Jim Graham takes the same budget and highlights the deep cuts to homeless services and welfare benefits.

"So thank you very much from those most vulnerable, we are going to ask you to contribute $32 million to closing the budget gap," says Graham. "This is inhuman."

Gray's proposal also includes an income tax increase for households with income above $200,000 -- a measure that has had a lukewarm reception from council members, including council chair Kwame Brown.

Of course, budget deficits often require both drastic cuts and tax hikes. And as the final spending plan takes shape, it's the job of council members to lobby their points of view -- or in this case -- tell the other side what they're missing.

DC Mayor's FY2012 Budget Overview
WAMU 88.5

What The African American History Museum Means to D.C.'s Black Community

This weekend, D.C. celebrated the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Kojo chats with the civil rights leader and longtime city council member who chaired the D.C. host committee.

NPR

Sunday Sports: Baseball Season Stats

As the baseball season enters the homestretch, Mike Pesca, host of The Gist podcast shares obscure baseball stats and somewhat dubious accomplishments with NPR's Rachel Martin.
NPR

What Does It Take To Win A Debate? A Meaningful Exchange Can Make A Difference

The first presidential debate is Monday, both candidates hoping to do well. But what does it mean to "win" a debate? American University history professor Allan Lichtman explains.
WAMU 88.5

Putting The Patient At The Center Of Local Healthcare

From "concierge" services to iPads connecting new parents with their babies in the nursery, Kojo explores some of the patient-centered ideas coming from healthcare innovation labs at local hospitals.

Leave a Comment

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