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D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (above) says he is "not jumping up and down about any increase in taxes and fees" to close the city's budget gap. Council aide Juan Gray (left) collects small toy houses that say "Kids need homes" placed by protesters Monday in the council chamber before they were told to leave. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (above) says he is "not jumping up and down about any increase in taxes and fees" to close the city's budget gap. Council aide Juan Gray (left) collects small toy houses that say "Kids need homes" placed by protesters Monday in the council chamber before they were told to leave. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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