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A budget battle involving Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown has raised serious questions about the efficacy of the city's chief financial officer and whether Mr. Gray is delivering on promises to improve the handling of the city's budget.
The District has followed through on plans to borrow $10 million from its contingency reserve fund to cover damage from last month's earthquake — a conservatively high estimate of what it will actually need — as it continues to assess the monetary fallout from the hurricane that passed the region days later.
For the second time this year, D.C. officials drew up memos, planned inter-agency briefings and put vacation plans on ice while power brokers on Capitol Hill worked through a stalemate with major implications for the District.
Three weeks ago, the District's chief financial officer issued a warning: Inserting items into the city budget based on hopes that revenue may exceed projections down the road is not sound fiscal policy.
Gray's Wal-Mart ultimatum, Uncollected tax dollars?, DOJ to ask lawmakers about redistricting, D.C. budget vote, More bed bugs at hospital
Of all the questions generated by the unprecedented path to the D.C. Council's approval of a $38 million lottery contract, the biggest remains unanswered: How did an unexamined local firm with questionable credentials end up with a majority equity share of the lottery after the contract had been awarded to an international gambling giant?