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Fenty: "Better Services for Less Money"

Delivering his State of the District address at a senior center this morning, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty says his administration and the city must make difficult decisions about spending priorities during a tight budget year.

The mayor will deliver his fiscal 2010 budget proposal to the D.C. Council tomorrow and his budget aides have been scrambling to close a revenue gap of $800 million--about 15 percent of the $5.4 billion budget in local funds from 2009.

"In the coming fiscal year, we will need to do more with less," Fenty (D) said in his prepared remarks, which can be read in full here.. "The budget I'm about to deliver to the Council will reflect this need. To keep the District's finances strong, we will continue to make critical choices about how to spend your tax dollars.

"These choices won't be easy, and they won't always be popular. But I promise you this. I will consider every idea, exhaust every effort, and overcome every obstacle in delivering better services for less money."

The speech highlighted a laundry list of areas, starting with schools, where the mayor says he has made improvements.

Of the budget, Fenty said: "Our budget proposal will move forward with our aggressive public education reform agenda providing funding for richer academic programs in every school. Along with the school reform plan, we remain committed to investing in public safety personnel and putting more officers on the street to protect you."

By David A Nakamura  |  March 19, 2009; 11:10 AM ET
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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I hope the good mayor doesn't focus too much on eliminating city jobs to deal with the city's budget shortfalls. Being unemployed right now would be devastating for DC workers. The local economy would take a deeper hit and the unemployment lines will soar. Spare us more grief that has been placed on us thus far...

Posted by: wolfewalk | March 19, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Mayor Andy Fenty we really truly do n ot believe you naymore than we stopped about 18 months ago. Still do not know if you are delusional of just plain arrogant and disrespecting of the people of DC and the business owners like myself.

I ain't white so you do not care about you and we surely hope you loose it all with corruption or bad health.

Posted by: truthbeebold | March 19, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse


You are correct on many levels. Not just District Government workers but all workers.

Laying people off does not produce immediate savings because the employer must still pay for unemployment benefits for several months. Worse, in worsens the erosion of tax revenue.

The District, like MD and VA, should consider furlough, if the citizens are willing to go without city services for 1 or 2 days per week. That way you still have the tax revenue, though lessoned, but the city doesn't have to completely loose programs due to reduced workforce.

However, unfortunately, it is my understanding that the mayor has already mandated a 15% reduction in the District workforce. It is just not a very popular idea and one that the president would frown upon as he has always said that the idea is to keep people at work versus expanding unemployment benefits. Which is likely why you haven't seen this reported in the Washington Post.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 19, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Well, Mayor I have made two attempts to my taxes on line and have not been successful! So, if this is any indication of the city services yet to come, God help us all. I have an idea, cut the Chancellor Rhee's pay because I sure don't see anything she's done but create chaos.

Posted by: joy0353 | March 19, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is a nice mayor but he omly cares about whites more and he dislikes blacks in business like me. We truly hope you go to jail,inherit bad health or just quit the sh$t against DC and PGC by extention.

Do not cut the workers of color, cut all those white folk you have brought in to the detriment of BLACKS, boy Fenty.

Posted by: truthbeebold | March 19, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

No need to lay off district workers as they usually get arrested anyways.

Posted by: FLvet | March 19, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Mayor Adrian Malik Fenty fooled everyone with his phony populism and everyone thought he was Mr. Nice Guy, man of the people. I knew he was a disaster, when in the first debate at UDC he was unable to name the three credit rating agencies! Let's get with it people, when are we as voters going to start electing politicians for their intellectual capabilities and not because they make us feel good? Good on all of you DC residents who voted for Mr. Clean, now the city will once again go down the drain under his leadership...I TOLD YOU SO!!!

Unfortunately, many D.C. residents don't vote and most are apathetic. There should be many comments made by D.C. residents on the corruption, mismanagement, waste, and fraud in Fenty's administration. District voters should question Fenty's trips to Dubai and China. D.C. residents don't care and they continue elected these same corrupt do nothing people back into office. Fenty will get re-elected!

Posted by: KappaNupe | March 19, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

wolfewalk, most District Government workers live in the state of Maryland and a few live in Virginia. so if these people lose their jobs, the unemployment rate will go up in Maryland and Virginia. This is not to say, I want to see anyone lose their jobs during these horrific times.

Posted by: KappaNupe | March 19, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

800 million dollars!! I didn't know it was that bad. Uh-oh, everybody knows what this means? It means the meter maids and traffic cops will be out in full force. Be on your best behavior, don't drive above 20 mph. Don't let those lazy, thieving gov't workers take any more than they need to keep the street lights on. (This does not apply to all gov't workers. Much applause to the hard-working teachers, policemen, and firefighters.)

Posted by: forgetthis | March 19, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

KappaNupe, you are incorrect. I lost a D.C. job while living in Maryland and DC paid for the unemployment. Employers pay unemployment insurance to the state (District) for their employees regardless of their residence, so the state (District) agency pays the benefits.

Posted by: RU_Serious | March 19, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Cut the bloated DC bureaucracy by firing the old Marion Barry era make-work positions. Can't wait til that "generation" of DC government is gone.

Posted by: sgrahamuva | March 19, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

RU_Serious, I think what KappaNupe was saying the Maryland and Virginia residents working for the District Government, don't pay D.C. taxes, therefore they are not D.C. resident or voters. I don't care about them losing their jobs, because D.C. residents must live in Maryland and Virginia to work for their States or cities governments.

Posted by: Ward4DC | March 19, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is having a town hall meeting with CFSA staff on Monday and will be handing out pink slips there. The children of DC will suffer first, just one year after the Benita Jack's case.

Posted by: elephant2 | March 20, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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