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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 05/26/2010

Protesters storm D.C. Council breakfast

By Washington Post editors

Dozens of protesters stormed into a closed-door D.C. Council breakfast meeting to protest spending cuts in the fiscal year 2011 budget that members plan to vote on Wednesday.

Organized by a group called Save Our Safety net, the advocates pushed into the meeting shortly before 10 a.m. as members were eating a breakfast of waffles and grits.

“D.C. deserves better than this,” one lady began shouting. “We want to know whose going to stand up today for a strong safety net.”

The protesters are lobbying in support of a proposal by Council member Michael Brown (I-At large) to increase taxes on the wealthy to spare some cuts to social service programs. Brown’s proposal would have income tax rates of 8.9 or 9.4 percent for top wage earners. But Brown said Wednesday he would not push for his proposal. He said he is comfortable that the council is has already restored funding for key social service programs.

Security officers cleared the meeting room after about 10 minutes.

--Tim Craig

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 10:50 AM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  DC Council, budget, d.c. budget  
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