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Gray Makes Pitch For D.C. Streetcar Ahead Of Budget Vote Monday

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Only nine votes are needed from the D.C. Council to override Gray's budget veto.
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Only nine votes are needed from the D.C. Council to override Gray's budget veto.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is trying one last time to restore funding for the streetcar project. The mayor has vetoed the D.C. Council’s budget, setting up what could be the final vote on the spending plan.

In a letter explaining his use of the veto pen, the mayor said he couldn't in good conscience sign off on a budget that defunds a tax break for senior citizens, taxes gym memberships and cuts funding for the streetcar system.

According to Gray, the budget cuts introduced by the council to the city’s spending plan would delay completion of the full streetcar system to 2045 — and raise the cost by 50 percent.

Gray is asking the council to work with him to come up with a new budget — but it’s unclear if that will happen. The council approved the budget by a vote of 12 to 1 — and the council only needs nine votes to override the mayor’s veto.

That override vote is expected to take place later today.

Mayor Gray's FY 2015 Budget Veto Letter

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