D.C. Council Wants $350M in Extra Spending
(Washington Examiner) — D.C. Council members have collectively suggested adding $350 million in spending to the mayor’s $5.5 billion operating budget proposal. The cash to do all that isn’t there, and so it’s up to council Chairman Kwame Brown to weigh their wishes as he constructs a budget proposal around the seven votes he’ll need to get it passed. Key among the council’s suggestions is a proposal to add $11 million to Mayor Vincent Gray’s budget proposal to raise the total number of sworn police officers to about 3,900 by September 2012, and finding the $19 million needed to maintain spending on homeless services at this year’s level. The suggestions were the focus of an hours-long council roundtable on Monday where debate grew nasty.