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Gray's Final Budget Draws Opposition From Legislators

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Mayor Vincent Gray presented his final budget to the D.C. Council on Monday, marking the beginning of a two-month budget season that could get political.

Gray's $6.79 billion spending plan calls for big investments in affordable housing and public education, and would fund a brand-new hospital in Ward 8.

But members of the Council are already sounding the alarm on some of Gray's proposals. The debate, which will unfold over the next two months could get especially political, especially seeing as Gray is a lame duck and two mayoral contenders — Muriel Bowser and David Catania — will have a chance to make changes to the spending plan.

Some of the expected budget fights will be over Gray's plan to cover spending with a big jump in speed camera revenue, as well as some proposed changes to the D.C. tax code. Catania has also said he opposes plans to renovate certain high schools, and says he's not confident that a new hospital would be a wise investment.

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