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Fenty budget proposal cuts 350 jobs, freezes pay to address $555 million gap

About 350 District government jobs could be eliminated, workers' pay will be frozen across the board and health-care and human-services programs could be scaled back under a fiscal 2011 budget plan that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will reveal this morning.

The Fenty administration had to fill an estimated $555 million budget gap and is expected to propose a refinancing that could save $54 million, hikes in parking meters and the city's 911 fee, a D.C. government source said Wednesday evening. Other efforts to close the gap include combining agencies. One such move involves the Office of the Tenant Advocate, and is predicted to cause outcry in the tenants' rights community.

But Fenty, who is running for re-election against Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and eight other candidates who have filed, is sticking with his 2006 campaign promise of no tax increases.

The mayor will present his budget proposal to the D.C. Council at 9:45 a.m. and will follow the briefing with a news conference at 10:30 a.m.

He could disclose some of his plans during his regularly-scheduled morning appearances on Fox 5 and NBC4 before the briefing with council members.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Budget , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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STOP this street car program. It is a budget buster for the District DOT and a program that has not yielded any jurisdiction that currently has them any profit. It is, in essence, a cash drain. It is a luxury that the District just cannot afford right now.

The Mayor and Council really need to seriously look at all of these capital projects and scale them back or put them on hold. Particularly considering the Mayor nor the Council is expected to have the courage to see the obvious; increasing taxes to generate revenue to fund programs of the "tax" payers.

It is my understanding that there has been a salary freeze in the District government since 2006 for everyone except the Mayor's appointees and agency cronies. That was the first thing Dan Tangherlini did when assuming the role of City Administrator. We have a record number of appointees making 100k+ per year when this Mayor, as a Councilman, decried Mayor Williams for being "top-heavy", heck, Chancellor Rhee makes a quarter of a million dollars a year. (250k+ bonus'). So the question is, when the Mayor says freeze in salary, who is he speaking of?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 1, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

concernedaboutdc: Great comments! Fenty has got to go!

Posted by: candycane1 | April 1, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

This move'll give Fenty an opportunity to hire some new, younger, blonde, white, female

Posted by: kinkysr | April 1, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

@kinkysr: "female" employees? Are we speaking of the same Mayor?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 1, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Remember the good old days when the cab drivers brought cash flow into the city?

Posted by: starclimber9 | April 1, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

With all the tourism, hotels and conventions which take place here, I can't understand why DC residents have to pay DC taxes at all. If Florida and Nevada residents can get away with not paying state taxes, I can't understand why DC can't manage the same perk.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | April 1, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

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