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Gray seeks budget document from Fenty

Washington Post Editors

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) have been in the same space several times since Gray announced that he would take on Fenty in the September primary. A morning briefing about the budget. A funeral. A ribbon cutting at Ray's: The Steaks.

But on Monday, Fenty will go before the council to answer questions about his fiscal 2011 budget proposal.

Gray already has some issues, mainly that Fenty has not submitted a proposed Budget Support Act. For laymen, that's the document that backs up the budget. It's also the document where earmarks and other expenditures can be seen clearly.

The chairman sent the mayor this letter (Gray letter.pdf) Thursday.

-- Nikita Stewart


By Washington Post Editors  |  April 8, 2010; 4:42 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, D.C. mayor's race, Fenty to attend council meeting, Vincent Gray, gray asks Fenty for budget document  
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Comments

Make him submit the documents needed. Stand strong although I suspect that since the budget has to be approved he will comply. This is the election year! Stick it to him every chance you get.

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Posted by: itkonlyyourr | April 8, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Gray's letter is completely disingenuous. Gray knows that the Council's 56-day review period applies to the budget, not to this act. Last year the Council didn't approve the act until September 22. http://tinyurl.com/ye2w99k

Posted by: hungrypug | April 9, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

@hungrypug: I don't care what the motives are in demanding transparency throughout the budget process. To me, the more information demanded of the Mayor and CFO the better. Taxpayers have a right to see, clearly, how their tax dollars are being proposed to be spent.

For one, last budget cycle, the 85 million dollars that was moved by the Mayor from the D.C. Treasury to Housing Authority was not an action that was approved through the budget process. It was allocated to one program then moved to another without legislative review. It was an illegal maneuver by the Mayor.

I praise any council member that demands transparency. For whatever reason.

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