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D.C. Mayor Gray Unveils $10.1B Budget

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The new budget proposal from Mayor Gray features no new taxes.
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The new budget proposal from Mayor Gray features no new taxes.

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray is proposing a $10.1 billion budget that includes new spending on affordable housing, libraries and police and fire department vehicles.

The District ended the last fiscal year with a more than $400 million surplus. While most went into the city's reserve fund, Gray is proposing new spending because the city's income, corporate and sales taxes are expected to keep growing.

The budget includes no new taxes or fees. It also includes no tax reductions beyond eliminating an unpopular tax on municipal bonds from other states.

Major new initiatives include a $103 million renovation of the city's central library and $100 million in new spending on affordable housing.

Gray also is proposing $8 million for new fire department vehicles and $7.2 million for police vehicles.

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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.

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Exelon's Chief Strategy Officer On Its Proposed Takeover Of Pepco

Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Another year is coming to a close and the Computer Guys And Gal are here to discuss this year's biggest technology news, including the growth of virtual reality and the "Internet of Things."

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