Gray Orders Sweeping Government Spending Freeze
(Washington Examiner) — D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has ordered a sweeping freeze in city spending on contractual services, supplies and other areas not related to salaries to rein in a projected $70 million in overspending. The order, obtained by The Washington Examiner, exempts the D.C. Council, public charter schools and more than two dozen other agencies that operate outside the mayor’s control. The order applies to D.C. schools and the police and fire departments. Gray signed the order Wednesday to “combat” overspending by city agencies that is projected to reach $70 million by the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30, according to the order. The District is legally required to have a balanced budget. The city is already operating under a hiring freeze to save an expected $15 million toward the $70 million it must cut.