The City Needs a New Approach to Austerity

January 31, 2011  |  

(Washington Examiner) — D.C. Councilman Phil Mendelson gave me grief last week for the assertion in my column that a deputy mayor for public safety is superfluous. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has resurrected the position following its four-year absence during Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s administration. “I completely defend having a deputy mayor,” he said.  Then, the at-large legislator lobbed this at Ward 2’s Jack Evans, chairman of the Committee on Finance and Revenue who has led the call to cut government spending: “[He] can’t take credit for spending cuts while giving away millions of dollars in tax abatements with no analysis of the benefits they provide except for the person in whose pocket the money is going.”
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