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Posted at 4:37 PM ET, 02/21/2011

Tough budget talk from Jim Graham

By Martin Austermuhle

During a late-night debate over cuts needed to close a $188 million gap in the District's budget late last year, Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) loudly complained that while the District's government agencies were being forced to cut programs and staff, the offices of the chief financial officer and mayor – the one proposing and defending all the cuts – weren't making the same sacrifices. His point was clear -- if we're all being asked to trim costs, everyone should be taking a hit.

With the city facing a significantly larger budget deficit for 2012 -- $600 million has been floated as the possible gap between revenues and expenditures -- it seems that Graham's words are now more appropriate than ever. Sadly, key officials and institutions don't seem to be getting the message.

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Martin Austermuhle  | February 21, 2011; 4:37 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network, Vincent Gray, economy  
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