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Conversely, the District’s chief financial officer says the council’s proposal will cost the city $95 million over four years, prompting the mayor to say that there is no way to pay for it and that it cannot take effect.

“That’s kind of irresponsible,” Mr. Gray told reporters Monday. “Whenever I did legislation, I tried to figure out where the funding was coming from, so when the bill was passed we hopefully had identified the dollars that would support the legislation.”